- Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation.
- Inflammation of the skin is caused by the release of various substances produced by the immune system.
- These substances cause blood vessels to widen, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, as is seen in dermatitis or eczema.
- When betamethasone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of the inflammatory substances.
- This reduces swelling, redness and itching.
- There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids applied to the skin.
- Betamethasone valerate 0.1% is classed as a potent corticosteroid.
- It is prescribed to treat inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis that have not responded to weaker corticosteroids.
- Betnovate scalp application is thinner and easier to apply to the scalp than Betnovate ointment or cream. It is used to treat inflammatory disorders of the scalp.
How To Use:
- Betnovate scalp application should be applied to the scalp twice a day (morning and night) to begin with. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use it less frequently, as directed by your doctor.
- The liquid should be applied thinly to the areas of the scalp that need treating using the nozzle of the bottle. You can rub the liquid into your scalp if you wish, but then leave it to dry naturally (don't use a hairdryer).
- The betamethasone will be left on the scalp - it should not be washed off.
- If you need to wash your hair you should wash and dry your hair before applying the scalp application.
- 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.
- Don't apply moisturizers to the same area of skin at the same time as this medicine.
- Try to leave at least 30 minutes between applying moisturizers and this medicine, as otherwise the moisturizer could dilute the corticosteroid and potentially make it less effective.
- If there is no improvement in your scalp after two to four weeks of treatment you should consult your doctor.
- Repeat courses maybe necessary to control flare-ups of psoriasis or eczema, but should only be started on the advice of your doctor.
Warnings And Precautions:
- Children under one year of age.
- 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 generalized pustular psoriasis after the treatment is stopped.
- Skin infected with viruses (eg chickenpox, shingles), fungi (eg ringworm) or bacteria (eg impetigo).