What is clobetasol propionate cream used for?
Clobetasol propionate (Clobex) is one of the steroids that can be effectively used by someone suffering from itching and inflammations that are caused by various skin conditions such as psoriasis and allergic reactions.
The steroid exists in generic form and is topically applied to the affected body regions twice a day. For the effectiveness of the treatment, one need to limit the clobetasol propionate treatment to two consecutive weeks and one must use less than 50g/week. Any amount exceeding 50 grams a week causes serious side effects. It's important to note that the steroid is not used to raise the immune system but to treat body inflammations and allergies, and a huge amount of its application makes it react with corticosteroids that you take orally or even the drugs you take. It’s therefore important to inform the doctor about any medical treatments that you are taking, so as to help him make the right decisions before treating you with clobetasol propionate cream.
What does clobetasol propionate cream treat
This steroid is used to treat various skin conditions such as:
The steroid also reduces the itching, redness, and swelling that are caused by these skin conditions. It is preferred for this treatment for its super strength.
But it's important to remember that this medication has a super-high-potency, and using it carelessly may make the skin condition even worse. Unless directed by the doctor, don't apply it on the groin, underarms or face.
When treating the skin with clobetasol propionate cream, ensure that you've washed and dried your hands before using the cream. After you have cleaned and dried the affected area, gently apply a thin film of the cream and rub gently. Don’t t bandage the area under treatment unless the doctor advises you to do so. Clobex cream can also be applied on an infant, but be careful not to cover him with tight-fitting plastic pants or diapers.
Clobetasol propionate cream generic is applicable when treating any areas apart from the groin, and eyes. When treating the hands, be careful not to let the medication come into contact with the eyes as it may cause glaucoma or make the eyes be in a worse condition. Also, don't let the cream come into contact with the mouth or nose and if it does, rinse these areas with plenty of water. After treating the affected areas, wash your hands thoroughly, unless you are treating the hands.
How does it work
Clobetasol propionate cream works by lowering your body's response to itchings and inflammations. The cream also makes your immune system less active until the affected area is treated. The immune system activity reduction prevents itching and inflammation hence treating your skin's conditions.
However, it's important to note that clobetasol propionate cream is just used as a part of a medication combination therapy. You should therefore not use it in isolation, but use it together with other medications.
What are Clobetasol propionate side effects
Clobetasol causes various side effects, which are mild and may disappear within a few days. Some of these side effects include;
- Cushing's syndrome
- Adrenal insufficiency
However, if these side effects don't go away after a few weeks, don't ignore but consult your doctor.