What is Betamethasone Cream & Ointment?
Betamethasone Cream & Ointment are used for the treatment of inflamed skin. It is an unbranded version of Betnovate Cream & Lotion, containing the same active ingredient.
Betamethasone is a topical corticosteroid or topical steroid. A topical steroid is used in addition to the usual moisturizer to treat and manage your skin condition. Betamethasone relieves any symptoms associated with skin inflammation and flare-up, as well as redness and irritation.
Betamethasone will help you manage the symptoms of your skin condition, drastically improving your quality of life. Betamethasone can be used for the different afflictions throughout your body, from scalp down to the soles of your feet.
How does Betamethasone Cream & Ointment work?
Inflammation of the skin can arise from a variety of reasons, usually the result of allergic reaction or skin irritation. When the immune system detects the inflammation, it will release a variety of chemicals that cause the blood vessels to widen, resulting in itch, redness, and swelling, known as a whole as inflammation.
When Betamethasone is topically applied to the skin, it starts working directly within the cells, resulting in a decrease of the inflammatory chemicals and the reduction of the swelling and redness of the skin. The Betamethasone cream can be used for other skin inflammations, such as allergies or irritants, bodily reactions to insect stings and bites, and also rashes caused by other problems.
Betamethasone cream is suitable for moist and weeping areas of the skin. The thicker and greasy ointment is suited for scaly, dry areas of the skin.
What are the benefits of taking Betamethasone Cream & Ointment?
Betamethasone cream and ointment are effective in reducing skin inflammation caused by irritants, allergies, bodily reactions to insect stings and bites, and rashes caused by other skin problems. It is effective in reducing the production of the inflammatory chemicals that caused the redness and swelling.
How do I use Betamethasone Cream & Ointment?
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor on how to use Betamethasone for your skin condition. Also, read and follow the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication package.
Betamethasone cream and ointment should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area of the skin. Betamethasone should be used less frequently as soon as the skin condition begins to improve.
Do not apply Betamethasone to infected or broken areas of the skin, unless you are also treating the infection. Do not apply Betamethasone to the facial skin unless you are instructed by your doctor to do so. Do not apply Betamethasone around the eyes or eyelids.
Avoid getting Betamethasone cream or ointment in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If an accidental application occurs, immediately wash the area with cold water.
Thoroughly wash your hands before you start and after you applied the medication, unless your hands are being treated.
Do not use airtight dressings to cover the area being treated, unless your doctor instructed you to do so. Airtight dressings or bandages will increase the body to absorb more of the medicine, increasing the possibility of side effects. If you are going to use Betamethasone under dressings as instructed by your doctor, cleanse the skin before the application of Betnovate before applying the medicine under a fresh dressing. Nappies and waterproof pants can act as airtight dressing and increase the body’s absorption of the medicine.
Discontinue the use of Betamethasone if your skin condition does not improve after two weeks of treatment. Consult your doctor immediately.
If the area of the skin being treated with Betamethasone becomes infected, stop the treatment and see your doctor.
Betamethasone Cream & Ointment dosage
Betamethasone cream is used for weeping and moist surfaces. Betamethasone lotion is used for the treatment of hairy areas of the skin, scaly, dry, and lichenified lesions of the skin.
Apply Betamethasone thinly and rub gently using enough amounts to cover the entire area of the affected skin once or twice daily for up to four weeks until improvements are observed. The frequency of the application should be changed or reduced to a less potent preparation after the fourth week.
Betamethasone can be combined with other beneficial ingredients to deliver antibiotic, antibacterial, and antifungal treatments. It can be combined with Betamethasone C and Fucibet. The combined formulas can be used for the treatment in conjunction with infections.
Some Betamethasone medications contain antibacterial ingredients such as neomycin and Clioquinol. There are also those that contain antifungal ingredients such as clotrimazole. These treatments may be prescribed for short-term use if you are also suffering from an infection. These treatments should be applied twice daily for no longer than a week.
Side effects & precautions
The vast majority of those who use Betamethasone cream and ointment will not experience any side effects at all. However, there are still users who might experience some unwanted side effects. The risk of side effects becomes higher with the prolonged use of the medication.
Betamethasone should not be used long term in order to avoid experiencing unwanted side effects such as thinning of the skin and excessive hair growth.
As a rule, Betamethasone should not be used on children. There are instances, however, when a dermatologist may prescribe Betamethasone for short courses of treatment for children, usually not exceeding 2 weeks.
Inform your doctor of any other medications you are using, particularly other corticosteroid medications. If you will be using other topical medications other than Betamethasone on your skin, leave several minutes between the applications of each product.
If you are using a moisturizer on your skin, you should apply it 30 minutes before you apply Betamethasone to allow the skin to soften and improve the absorption of Betamethasone. The use of a moisturizer too soon before or after you apply Betamethasone will dilute the medicine and make it less effective.