Betamethasone Ointment

Betamethasone ointment is an effective solution to treat the itching, swollen and irritated skin caused by conditions such as eczema, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. It is a prescription-only medication that belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.
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Betamethasone Ointment

Betamethasone ointment is an effective solution to treat the itching, swollen and irritated skin caused by conditions such as eczema, contact dermatitis, and psoriasis. It is a prescription-only medication that belongs to a class of drugs called corticosteroids.


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Betamethasone Ointment can be classed as topical corticosteroid prescribed for the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions, including dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. The ointment works actively in reducing any kind of redness or itching associated with these skin problems.  

Preferably used in combination with an antibiotic, Betamethasone Valerate Ointment is used to cure skin inflammation and redness and is usually prescribed to people with dry skin.  

In conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis, skin becomes sensitive and irritant to most skin products and environmental factors, such as dust, sun, etc. And when it experiences an allergic reaction, inflammatory chemicals are released, causing redness and itchiness. And once Betamethasone Ointment is applied, it starts to work within the cells, and as a result, decreases inflammatory chemicals. This reduces the symptoms associated with skin conditions.  

Betamethasone Ointment use is also suggested by doctors in case of inflammation caused due to other allergies and irritants, such as a bee sting or insect bite.  

In some cases, the effects of Betamethasone Valerate Ointment are seen within three to four days. In the majority of cases, the symptoms are reversed in a week. 

The amount of Betamethasone Ointment used is measured as per how much you can squeeze onto the fingertip. The ointment squeezed up to the length of the fingertip is enough for treating an area that is double the size of the palm.  

Here’s how to apply Betamethasone Valerate Ointment: 

  • Wash your hands and squeeze out the amount of ointment as suggested by your doctor. 

  • Apply a thin layer in the direction of the hair over the irritated skin and not just the worst areas.  

  • Do not apply the ointment over cuts or broken skin.  

  • Wash your hands after applying the ointment unless the hand area is affected.  

If your doctor suggests Betamethasone Valerate Ointment use in combination with an antibiotic, follow the instructions given with the medication.  

Make sure you tell your doctor and use Betamethasone Ointment only when prescribed if: 

  • You are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding.  

  • You have had an allergic reaction to any of the Betamethasone ingredients in the past.  

  • You have rosacea, acne, or plaque psoriasis.  

  • You have cuts, broken skin, or itchy skin without any redness or inflammation. 

  • You have a skin infection. 

Here are a few things you should know: 

  • If your doctor suggests using a dressing, like a plaster or a bandage, wait for 10 minutes after applying Betamethasone Valerate Ointment 

  • Do not use dressing if the Betamethasone treatment is for a child. If your doctor suggests dressing for a severe nappy rash, ask them how long to keep the dressing. 

Betamethasone doesn’t particularly have any side effects if used as per the doctor’s instructions. If Betamethasone Ointment use is for a prolonged time period or on sensitive skin, some side effects may be observed. 

Rare side effects that are observed in less than 1 out of 10,000 people include: 

  • Swollen or redder skin 

  • Yellow fluid excretion as a sign of a new or an old skin infection getting worse 

  • Raised bumps filled with pus 

  • Hair overgrowth 

  • Skin thinning 

  • Skin discolouration  

  • Muscle weakness 

  • Dizziness or fainting 

  • Weight loss or nausea 

  • New eyesight problems 

  • Feeling more thirsty, hungry, sleepy, and other signs of high blood sugar 

Do not apply any other cream or ointment, such as an emollient or moisturiser, within 30 minutes of applying Betamethasone Ointment.  

Though other medications hardly interact with Betamethasone Ointment, let your doctor know if you are on: 

  • HIV medication, such as cobicistat or ritonavir 

  • Fungal infection medication 

  • Medication with steroids, such as asthma inhalers, nasal sprays, injections, eczema creams, eye or nose drops, etc.  

Betamethasone can be safely bought online at MedsNow. Moreover, you can book a consultation with one of our certified and experienced doctors and get a prescription as per your condition along with the directions of use by visiting MedsNow. 

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