Temovate Ointment or generic Clobetasol Propionate is a highly potent topical medication that contains a corticosteroid your doctor may recommend for treating contact or allergic dermatitis, rashes from poison ivy or oak, and flare-ups of eczema and psoriasis. The long-term use of topical corticosteroids is not recommended as it can cause a thinning and discoloration of your skin. Temovate Ointment should only be applied for the time period prescribed by your doctor and ask about a lower potency product as a maintenance treatment for eczema and psoriasis as there are no cures for these skin disorders. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When applied as directed, Temovate Ointment will be absorbed through your skin and enters the nuclei of your skin cells in order to turn off certain DNA factors. In response to this action, your skin cells produce lipocortins. These are corticosteroid-induced enzymes that lead to the eventual inhibition of substances that produce prostaglandins and leukotrienes that are responsible for the inflammation. With a reduction in prostaglandins and leukotrienes being produced, inflammation will subside and there is less swelling and itchiness.
There are several types of psoriasis but plaque psoriasis is the most common. It is believed to be an autoimmune skin disease that triggers a misguided immune response. In the case of psoriasis, your skin cell cycle is affected and new cells are being replaced every 3-6 days instead of every 28-30 days. The new cells become stuck to the old cells before they have had a chance to shed or slough off and they cause the raised patches of skin.
Tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and whether you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding before applying Temovate Ointment. Provide a list of any Rx or OTC meds you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This information will help your doctor determine if Temovate Ointment is right for you.
You should not apply Temovate Ointment longer than recommended by your doctor. If there has been little or no improvement of your symptoms after 7-14 days of using Temovate Ointment, revisit your doctor for more instructions. Only use Temovate Ointment for the skin condition prescribed and do not apply it on diaper rash, acne, burns, or any open sores as it can inhibit the healing process and increase the risk of side effects. Keep Temovate Ointment and other medications out of children’s reach and never share with others.