Fast Five Quiz: What Do You Know About Eczema?

William James, MD


January 06, 2017

Initial therapy consists of hydrocortisone 1% ointment applied twice daily to lesions on the face and in the folds. Immunomodulators are much more expensive than corticosteroids and should only be used as second-line therapy.

Both hydroxyzine and diphenhydramine hydrochloride provide a certain degree of relief from itching but are not effective without other treatments.

Antibiotics are used for the treatment of clinical infection caused by S aureus or flares of disease. They have no effect on stable disease in the absence of infection.

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