What is Betamethasone

Betamethasone is a medication that is use to treat skin infection and for managing premature infants. This medication treats by boosting the level of steroid which is produced by adrenal gland. It acts as an anti-inflammatory to smother the development of inflammation.

Skin infections treated by this medication include athlete’s foot which is a fungal infection and it is most common in athletes because shoes worn by athletes provide the warm, moist and dark environment which is appropriate for the growth of fungus. Jock itch is also healed by betamethasone it is a persistent reddish, itchy rash around the anus which is caused by fungal imbalance. Another typical use of this medication is to treat ringworm which is also a fungal disease and it is mostly seen in children.

When betamethasone is combined with clotrimazole then their combination form corticosteroid. Clotrimazole is a medication that is use to treat fungal infections and corticosteroid is also a medication that is used to treat inflammation. The brand name of this combination is lotrisone.

To use this cream firstly wash your hands and then wash the area that is to be treated. After that apply and rub the cream on infected area. The area should not be bandaged unless and until it is prescribed. If this cream is to be applied on groin then it should be used for about 2 weeks. Tight-fitting clothes should be avoided in that condition. The cream should not be applied to the eyes, mouth, nose or vagina.

This cream should be regularly used by the patient because if patient does not use it for the full course of treatment, then infection may not be completely eliminated.

The side-effects associated with betamethasone cream are:-

Dry skin and burning sensation on the infected area. Severe allergic reactions such as hives, rash, swelling, redness, blistering.

Pregnant women should consult with doctor before using this medication and children that are below the age of 17 should not take the combination of clotrimazole and betamethasone cream because it is not safe for them.

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