Betamethasone is a topical ointment that is effective in the treatment of a number of skin conditions such as Eczema, Dermititis and Psoriasis. Simply apply the cream thinly to the affected area once in the morning and night and reduce usage upon an improvement in symptoms.
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What is Betamethasone?
Betamethasone is a type of topical corticosteroid and is applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation particularly in Eczema.
Betamethasone refers to the medicine used for the cure of several skin allergies or diseases such as dryness, eczema, dermatitis and skin rash’s. All these diseases cause itching and inflammation to the skin conclusively leading to pinkness and dryness. Such allergies need to be cured as soon as possible to avoid serious skin diseases.
Betamethasone is available in several forms such as lotion, cream and soap; but betamethasone- 0.1% specifically refers to an ointment composed of an active ingredient betamethasone valerate an anti-inflammatory agent that when applied reacts with the infected skin that provides soothing to it. Betamethasone is the member of glucocorticoid class which is considered to be responsible for healing skin allergies.
Betamethasone acts inside the skin cells to prevent the release of inflammatory cells. By doing this, betamethasone reduces inflammation, swelling, redness and itching of the affected area which is why it is so effective when treating a number of skin conditions.
Betamethasone is more suitable for moist, raw and weeping areas of the skin. A more greasy ointment is suitable for areas of the skin that appear more dry and cracked.
What is Betamethasone used to treat?
Betamethasone is a topical ointment that is commonly used to treat a number of skin conditions. It is widely prescribed to treat cases of severe eczema that cause itchiness of the surrounding areas of the skin. Other skin conditions betamethasone can treat include Psoriasis and acne.
When treating eczema, Betamethasone should be applied thinly and generously to the affected area, ensuring that any excess is fully rubbed into the skin.
How to apply Betamethasone
Depending on the skin condition diagnosed by your doctor, this cream needs to be applied to the area affected and the surrounding area to ensure that the infection does not spread. Applying betamethasone will remain fairly generic and is usually used the same among other skin conditions.
The cream should be applied generously but thinly across the affected area and can be applied a number of times per day. Over usage will result in thinning of the skin so it is essential to only apply this ointment once in the morning and night.
As betamethasone is considered a potent steroid, as the cream improves the affected area, you should start to apply the cream less
Adult patients are advised to wash their hands and infected area carefully, after washing the infected area thoroughly it must be dried gently to avoid any irritation. Soon after drying the area adult patients are advised to apply a thin layer of betamethasone cream on the infected area and massage it gently. For better results the procedure should be repeated at least three times each twenty-four hours till the all condition begins to subside.
Can you buy betamethasone over the counter?
The most convenient way to purchase this medication is online at Medicine Direct. Betamethasone is a prescription only medication and therefore requires a valid UK doctor’s prescription in order to purchase. Betamethasone cream buy online at medicine direct and our UK doctors will prescribe you with the medication and send it directly to your specified address. The price of buying betamethasone cream online is £20.99, this also includes free delivery.
Who can use Betamethasone?
Betamethasone is safe to use for most adults and children; however there are certain instances when it may not be suitable.
Betamethasone should not be used if:
- You have a skin infection
- You suffer from skin conditions including, acne, open sores (skin ulcers) and rosacea
Patients suffering from blood pressure or diabetes mellitus are advised to inform doctor before using the medicine.
Patients having weak immune system are advised not to apply the medicine without consultation of doctor.
Patients with weak blood circulation around the body are not advised to use the medicine without doctor’s permission.
Mothers feeding their young infants should be careful while applying the medicine as it can poison breast milk affecting the health of a baby.
Betamethasone Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warning
Most topical corticosteroids are considered safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, however extra care must be taken to ensure that your hands are thoroughly washed after use, particularly for breastfeeding mums.
- Medicine should be kept in a cool and dry place.
- Medicine should be placed away from children
- After applying the medicine patients are advised to wash their hands carefully; and area with medicine should be kept away from eyes and mouth.
- Incorrect and prolonged usage of the cream can lead to hazardous consequences such as:
- It can cause severe redness on the skin;
- It can cause stinging on the infected area and around;
- It might lead to the chances of excessive hair growth stretch marks on the infected area;
- It can cause irritation to the skin;
- It might adversely affect babies in terms of inoculating any abnormalities in a baby, therefore doctor must be consulted before its application during pregnancy;
It can cause burning and itching to the infected area of the skin where medicine is being applied constantly.
Side effects of Betamethasone and other Topical Corticosteroids
When used correctly, betamethasone has very little side effects. The most common side effect that individuals will experience will be a burning sensation on the area that the cream is applied to. However this side effect will usually subside as your skin gets used to the treatment. You are more likely to experience side effects if you are using the cream over a long period of time, or you are using a stronger corticosteroid.
Rare and less common side effects can include:
- Folliculitis (inflamed hair follicles)
- Skin infection spreading
- Bruising due to the steroid within the cream thinning the skin
- Stretch marks
- If you have an allergic reaction to betamethasone, it is possible that you may develop contact dermatitis which is a type of eczema that is triggered by skin contact to a particular substance
- Flushed facial appearance (rosacea)
- Excessive hair growth
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