Weaker topical steroids are utilized for thin- skinned and sensitive areas, especially areas under occlusion, such as the armpit, groin, buttock crease, breast folds. Weaker steroids are used on the face, eyelids, diaper area, perianal skin, and intertrigo of the groin or body folds. Moderate steroids are used for atopic dermatitis , nummular eczema , xerotic eczema , lichen sclerosis et atrophicus of the vulva , scabies (after scabiecide) and severe dermatitis . Strong steroids are used for psoriasis , lichen planus , discoid lupus , chapped feet, lichen simplex chronicus , severe poison ivy exposure, alopecia areata , nummular eczema, and severe atopic dermatitis in adults. 
Corticosteroids can be used in conjunction with other drugs and are prescribed for short-term and long-term use. Prednisone (brand names Cortan, Deltasone, Liquid Pred, Meticorten, Orasone, Panasol-S, Prednicen-M, and Sterapred) is the most commonly prescribed synthetic corticosteroid for arthritis. It is four to five times as potent as cortisol. Therefore, five milligrams of prednisone is equivalent to the body's daily output of cortisol. There are other synthetic corticosteroids available which differ in potency and half-life.