Betamethasone 0.1% Cream / Ointment
£13.99 – £23.99
- Relieves Flare-Ups Of Eczema And Dermatitis
- Soothes Itchy, Red, Dry Skin
- Active Ingredient: Clobetasone Butyrate
- Buy With Confidence From UK Registered Pharmacy
- Includes Free Prescription
Betamethasone cream and ointment are effective topical treatments for inflamed skin. Using the active ingredient known as betamethasone, the cream will reduce any itching and redness associated with common skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis.
Betamethasone cream is an unbranded version of Betnovate and both contain the same active ingredient.
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What is Betamethasone used for ?
Betamethasone valerate belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroid or topical steroids that reduce swelling and irritation.
Betamethasone valerate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It should be used in addition to your usual moisturiser in order to treat and manage your skin condition effectively.
Betamethasone will help relive symptoms associated with skin flare-ups and inflammation, as well as irritation and redness.
While topical corticosteroid are not a cure for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, it will help you to manage the symptoms. Using betamethasone has been proven to treat such conditions all the body, drastically improving your quality of life.
How does Betamethasone work?
Once Betamethasone has been topically applied it will begin to work directly within your cells, decreasing the inflammatory chemicals and reducing the swelling and redness associated with your skin condition. The cream can also be used for other inflammations as well, such as allergies or irritants, bodily reactions to insect bites and stings, as well as rashes caused by local problems.
How should Betamethasone be applied?
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
• You usually apply Betnovate once or twice a day. This may be reduced as your skin begins to get better.
• This cream is for use on your skin only.
• Do not use on large areas of the body for a long time (such as every day for many weeks or months) – unless your doctor tells you to.
• If your skin problem does not improve in 2 to 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
What should I be aware of before using Betamethasone?
Before using Betamethasone cream you should read the following warnings, in order to make sure that this is the correct treatment for you.
Betamethasone cream should not be used in certain circumstances, including:
- If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed above.
- If you are treating a child under 1 year old.
Betamethasone should not be used on certain conditions, including:
- Peri-oral dermatitis
- Skin infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi, such as cold sores, herpes, chickenpox, impetigo, ringworm, athlete’s foot or thrush.
Betamethasone should not be applied to:
- Itchy areas without inflammation
- The anal area (unless specified by the doctor)
- The genital area (unless specified by the doctor)
Special care should be taken when using Betamethasone cream if:
- You suffer from an allergic reaction (ie itchy skin and redness) after initial use.
- You are applying the cream to a leg ulcer.
- You must apply the cream to your face where the skin is thinner.
- You get any cream in your eyes, rinse immediately.
- You have psoriasis your doctor may want to review your progress at regular interviews in order to assess continued treatment.
If you have recently taken, or are currently taking any other medications then you should tell your doctor before beginning a treatment of Betamethasone.
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Atopic eczema (atopic dermatitis) is the most common form of eczema, a condition that causes the skin to become itchy, dry and cracked.
Atopic eczema is more common in children, often developing before their first birthday. But it may also develop for the first time in adults.
It’s usually a long-term (chronic) condition, although it can improve significantly, or even clear completely, in some children as they get older.
Symptoms of atopic eczema
Atopic eczema causes the skin to become itchy, dry, cracked and sore.
Some people only have small patches of dry skin, but others may experience widespread inflamed skin all over the body.
Inflamed skin can become red on lighter skin, and darker brown, purple or grey on darker skin. This can also be more difficult to see on darker skin.
Although atopic eczema can affect any part of the body, it most often affects the hands, insides of the elbows, backs of the knees and the face and scalp in children.
People with atopic eczema usually have periods when symptoms are less noticeable, as well as periods when symptoms become more severe (flare-ups).
When to seek medical advice
See a GP if you have symptoms of atopic eczema. They’ll usually be able to diagnose atopic eczema by looking at your skin and asking questions, such as:
whether the rash is itchy and where it appears
when the symptoms first began
whether it comes and goes over time
whether there’s a history of atopic eczema in your family
whether you have any other conditions, such as allergies or asthma
whether something in your diet or lifestyle may be contributing to your symptoms
Typically, to be diagnosed with atopic eczema you should have had an itchy skin condition in the last 12 months and 3 or more of the following:
visibly irritated red skin in the creases of your skin – such as the insides of your elbows or behind your knees (or on the cheeks, outsides of elbows, or fronts of the knees in children aged 18 months or under) at the time of examination by a health professional
a history of skin irritation occurring in the same areas mentioned above
generally dry skin in the last 12 months
a history of asthma or hay fever – children under 4 must have an immediate relative, such as a parent, brother or sister, who has 1 of these conditions
the condition started before the age of 2 (this does not apply to children under the age of 4)
Causes of atopic eczema
The exact cause of atopic eczema is unknown, but it’s clear it is not down to one single thing.
Atopic eczema often occurs in people who get allergies. “Atopic” means sensitivity to allergens.
It can run in families, and often develops alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
The symptoms of atopic eczema often have certain triggers, such as soaps, detergents, stress and the weather.
Sometimes food allergies can play a part, especially in young children with severe eczema.
You may be asked to keep a food diary to try to determine whether a specific food makes your symptoms worse.
Allergy tests are not usually needed, although they’re sometimes helpful in identifying whether a food allergy may be triggering symptoms.
Treating atopic eczema
Treatment for atopic eczema can help to relieve the symptoms and many cases improve over time.
But there’s currently no cure and severe eczema often has a significant impact on daily life, which may be difficult to cope with physically and mentally.
There’s also an increased risk of skin infections.
Many different treatments can be used to control symptoms and manage eczema, including:
self-care techniques, such as reducing scratching and avoiding triggers
emollients (moisturising treatments) – used on a daily basis for dry skin
topical corticosteroids – used to reduce swelling, redness and itching during flare-ups
Other types of eczema
Eczema is the name for a group of skin conditions that cause dry, irritated skin.
Other types of eczema include:
discoid eczema – a type of eczema that occurs in circular or oval patches on the skin
contact dermatitis – a type of eczema that occurs when the body comes into contact with a particular substance
varicose eczema – a type of eczema that most often affects the lower legs and is caused by problems with the flow of blood through the leg veins
seborrhoeic eczema – a type of eczema where red, scaly patches develop on the sides of the nose, eyebrows, ears and scalp
dyshidrotic eczema (pompholyx) – a type of eczema that causes tiny blisters to erupt across the palms of the hands
Side effects are uncommon when using Betamethasone cream, however some potential side effects can include:
– A burning sensation when the cream is applied
– Increased itchiness when the cream is applied
– Propylene glycol can cause allergic reactions in some people
– Cetostearyl alcohol can cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis)
– Chlorocresol can also cause allergic reactions.
If you have any concerns regarding any of the information listed above, or you experience a side effect no on this list, then cease usage and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.