Ask your doctor about prescription strength Topicort Ointment if you need help to relieve the inflammation, redness, and itchiness of eczema or psoriasis. The active ingredient called Desoximetasone is a man-made corticosteroid that reduces the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and allergic skin conditions.
You will find that Topicort Ointment may be greasy feeling, but it is the best way to promote the absorption of the medication and tends to be more potent when compared to lotions, gels, and creams. Topicort Ointment traps moisture and heat in as well so unless instructed by your doctor, you should not apply plastic wraps or bandaging because this could cause an increase of side effects as you absorb too much medication too fast.
Topicort Ointment is absorbed into the nuclei of your skin cells which prompts the production of lipocortins. This group of chemicals blocks the pathway of a molecule that creates pro-inflammatory compounds, namely prostaglandins and leukotrienes. Histamine is also blocked so your itching is reduced and the blood supply to your skin is reduced so you have less redness and swelling.
The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but hereditary factors can play a part. People with eczema tend to have skin with a reduced oily or lipid barrier so their skin cannot hold moisture as well as others. Certain triggers, including temperature changes, air pollution, or allergies, can cause flare-ups of eczema.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes your own immune system to attack your skin cells because it believes that they are a threat. A part of your immune system defending your body involves cells signaling to each other when an intruder is present and where it is and proteins (interleukins) are a part of this. It has been discovered that some people have interleukin genes that are turned ‘ON’ way too high in their skin which can be crying wolf so your immune system will kick in unnecessarily.
Ask your doctor about any risks of applying Topicort Ointment if you are pregnant, may become pregnant or are breast feeding. To determine if Topicort Ointment is right for you, tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any current OTC or Rx medications you take, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.
Avoid contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucus membranes when applying Topicort Ointment. For severe psoriasis, your doctor may suggest covering the affected area after Topicort Ointment has been applied. You should not use Topicort Ointment, cream, lotion, or gel for longer than two weeks as topical corticosteroids can cause thinning of your skin.