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Your doctor may prescribe Betnovate Ointment to treat a host of skin dermatoses including atopic, allergic or contact dermatitis, and plaque psoriasis. These skin conditions can cause itching and inflammation that could lead to a secondary infection if you are scratching the affected skin areas and cause a lesion where bacteria can enter. Betnovate Ointment contains Betamethasone, a potent corticosteroid that may be prescribed when other topical medications have been unsuccessful at providing relief from the symptoms of itching, redness, and inflammation.
The active ingredient Betamethasone is absorbed by your skin cells and inhibits these cells from producing a variety of chemicals that are usually released in response to irritation or allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, soaps, metals, or simply an immune system that is responding inappropriately to something harmless. Your body’s response causes inflammation as a way to contain and eliminate the threat and start the healing process. Applying Betnovate Ointment as directed calms down the symptoms of itching, redness, and inflammation.
Due to the higher potency of Betnovate Ointment, you should only apply it until the symptoms are under control. If you have eczema and psoriasis, your doctor may suggest a lower dose of a topical corticosteroid for regular use during times when symptoms are minor and recommend Betnovate Ointment for flare ups to help calm the area before the itching and inflammation accelerate to the point of scratching so much you break the skin.
Betnovate Ointment is ideal for dry, scaly areas as it promotes better absorption of the medication and traps in moisture, while the creams are good for hydration and lotions absorb quicker and are easier to apply to hairy skin areas. Your doctor can determine which formulation of Betamethasone is best for you.
Ask your doctor about the safety of applying Betnovate Ointment to your skin while you are pregnant, if you become pregnant, or while breast feeding. Discuss other medical conditions and allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx medication you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Betnovate Ointment is the right topical medicine for you.
Do not continue to apply Betnovate Ointment past the recommended time period as over-use can cause thinning of your skin. Betnovate Ointment should not be applied to anyone under the age of thirteen years. Unless otherwise specified by your doctor, the treated area should not be bandaged or covered as this can intensify the effects of this topical corticosteroid.