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Betacap Scalp Application 0.1% Cutaneous Solution can be used to reduce the effect of eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis on the scalp.
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Betacap Scalp Application 0.1% Cutaneous Solution contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which fits into a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation of the skin that is caused by irritation. Irritation results in the release of various substances that are important for the immune system, causing the blood vessels to widen and the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, just like in skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.
When the active betamethasone is applied to the skin it works inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances in order to reduce swelling, redness and itching. When applied to the scalp, it should be used sparingly twice a day. You can rub the liquid into the scalp and then leave to dry as it should not be washed off.
Directions for using Betacap Scalp Application 0.1% Cutaneous Solution:
Use sparingly and apply twice daily.
If you need to wash your hair, wash and dry before application.
Rub the liquid into the scalp and then leave to dry - it should not be washed off.
As soon as the condition begins to improve, use less frequently.
If there is no improvement after 4 weeks of use, consult your doctor.
Repeat courses may be necessary to control flare-ups of your condition.
Caution before using Betacap Scalp Application 0.1% Cutaneous Solution:
Betacap scalp application contains flammable alcohol. Do not use it near naked flames or lit objects, such as gas and electric fires and lit cigarettes, or near other sources of heat such as hairdryers.
This medicine is for external use on the scalp only. It must not be used on the face or any other part of the body apart from the scalp. Apply the liquid thinly to the affected areas of the scalp.
Take care to avoid the scalp application running onto the face or into the eyes. Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs. Avoid applying it to broken skin.
Wash your hands after applying the scalp application to avoid accidentally transferring it to other areas.
If corticosteroids are used long-term, on large areas of skin, raw or broken skin, or under airtight dressings they are absorbed into the body more. This increases the risk of local side effects such as skin thinning, and those on other parts of the body, such as a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. For this reason, continuous, long-term use of this medicine should be avoided wherever possible, particularly in children and on large areas of skin. You should only cover the affected area if instructed by your doctor. If you find you still need to use this medicine after two to four weeks because your skin has not improved you should consult your doctor. If this medicine is used to treat a child it should not usually be used for longer than five to seven days.
If you have been prescribed this medicine to treat psoriasis you should have regular check-ups with your doctor. This is because although corticosteroids may be useful for psoriasis in the short-term, they can sometimes make psoriasis worse, and may cause the condition to relapse into generalised pustular psoriasis after the treatment is stopped.
If you think the area of skin you are treating has become infected you should stop using this medicine and consult your doctor.
This medicine should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding, unless specified as essential by your doctor.
This should also not be used if you have any known sensitivity or allergy to its ingredients.
Use with caution in:
Not to be used in:
Children under one year of age.
Skin infected with viruses (eg chickenpox, shingles), fungi (eg ringworm) or bacteria (eg impetigo).
Like all medicines, Betacap Scalp Application can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them:
In rare cases skin irritation may occur. If this happens stop using the product.
In rare cases, treating psoriasis with this type of product may cause the development of the pustular form of the disease (blisters filled with pus). This explains why careful supervision by your doctor is required if you are treating scalp psoriasis.
Topical corticosteroids are usually well tolerated when used in the right amount and for the correct length of time. However, prolonged, excessive use, particularly in children or on skin that is bandaged or wrapped up, can cause local skin thinning (making the skin damage easily), and adrenal suppression (a type of hormone imbalance that causes generalised effects on the body). Stopping treatment normally corrects these side effects.
If you are in any doubt about the treatment, or experience any of the above side effects or any other side effect not mentioned in this leaflet, stop using this product and tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Betacap Scalp Application 0.1% Cutaneous Solution
I would highly recommend Betacap to others suffering with scalp problems. it really does work.