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Betnovate Ointment 100g

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Betnovate Ointment is a topical ointment that can be used to relieve the symptoms of more severe inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

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Betnovate Ointment contains the active ingredient betamethasone, which fits into a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids that work to reduce inflammation of the skin. Inflammation occurs as a result of an allergy or irritation of the skin that causes a release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances then cause blood vessels to widen and leads to the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.

When the betamethasone is applied to the skin, it works inside the cells to reduce the release of these inflammatory substances in order to reduce swelling, redness and itching that is associated with conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It can also be used to relieve skin inflammations due to allergies or irritants, rashes caused by excessive scratching, reactions to bites and stings and various other inflammatory skin conditions.

Betnovate in its ointment formula is best suited for dry, scaly areas of skin as it has a thicker and greasier consistency.

Directions for applying Betnovate Ointment:

  • Betnovate cream, ointment or lotion should be applied thinly to the affected areas of skin once or twice a day to start with. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use it less frequently, as directed by your doctor. Click here to see how much cream or ointment to use.
  • If your doctor has advised you to use dressings with this medicine, the skin should be cleansed before applying the cream, ointment or lotion under a fresh dressing.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after applying this medicine, unless the hands are the area being treated.
  • Betnovate should not be used for longer than four weeks at a time. However, if you are applying this medicine to the face or to a child's skin, it should preferably not be used for longer than five days at a time. If your skin condition has not improved after two to four weeks of treatment you should consult your doctor. Repeat courses maybe necessary to control flare-ups of your skin condition, but should only be started on the advice of your doctor.
  • Don't use this medicine more often or for longer than advised by your doctor.
  • Don't apply your moisturisers to the same area of skin at the same time as this medicine. Try to leave at least 30 minutes between applying moisturisers and this medicine, as otherwise the moisturiser could dilute the corticosteroid and potentially make it less effective.

Caution before using Betnovate Ointment:

  • Betnovate cream, ointment and lotion are for external use on the affected areas of skin only.
  • You should never use Betnovate as a moisturiser.
  • Avoid getting this medicine in the eyes, or inside the mouth or nose. Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.
  • If corticosteroids are used long-term, on large areas of skin, raw or broken skin, skin folds, 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 use airtight dressings over the affected area if instructed by your doctor. If there is no improvement in your skin after two to four weeks of treatment you should consult your doctor.
  • If this medicine is used on the face, wherever possible it should not be used for longer than five days. You should not use airtight dressings to cover the area treated.
  • If used in children, wherever possible this medicine should not be used for longer than five days, or on the face. You should not use airtight dressings to cover the area treated. Be aware that children's nappies can also act as an airtight dressing and can increase the absorption of the medicine. Children being treated with this medicine should be reviewed by the doctor at least once a week.
  • If you think the area of skin you are treating has become infected you should stop using this medicine and consult your doctor.
  • This medication should not be used if you have any known sensitivity or allergy to its ingredients.
  • You should not use this medication if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding, unless it is considered essential by your doctor or healthcare professional.

Use with caution in:

  • Children (see above)
  • Psoriasis. 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

Not to be used in:

  • Children under one year of age
  • Bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo
  • Fungal skin infections such as thrush, ringworm, athlete's foot
  • Viral skin infections, such as chickenpox, shingles, cold sores or herpes simplex
  • Acne
  • Chronic inflammatory disorder of the facial skin (acne rosacea)
  • Inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
  • Widespread plaque psoriasis
  • Itching around the back passage and genitals
  • Treating itchy skin where there is no inflammation
Please contact your doctor or medical practitioner to understand more about the side effects of taking Betnovate Ointment 100g.
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