The Uses for Betacort Cream
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Betacort is useful for a variety of skin conditions that involve redness, itching and swelling. It is an anti-inflammatory that is useful in treating insect bites, sunburns and other minor injuries. Betacort comes in a variety of forms, most commonly as an ointment used on dry skin.
The cream is used on the moist skin of the face and neck, while a special foam or lotion is preferred for scalp treatments.
Betacort cream and other forms are useful in treating eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis various rashes and itching. You should wash your hands before applying cream so you do not to contaminate it or unwittingly apply irritants to the skin while applying the cream. Betacort cream can be directly applied to the skin. If you use it in the form of lotion or foam, you should vigorously shake the bottle before you begin the application.
The soothing property of betacort cream makes it effective in relieving the itching caused by many insect bites. It can also relieve itching from allergic reactions to plants such as poison oak or poison ivy.
Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of betacort cream, it is useful in reducing swelling on many skin injuries. It will also soothe sunburn pain and help facilitate quicker healing.
Some special betacort formulations are used for dry or itchy scalp conditions. These preparations are rarely in the form of creams, though, as they are much more easily applied as lotions or foams.
Betacort cream and other forms are recommended for short-term relief. If taken for prolonged periods it can reduce the local immune response, causing the treated area to be more vulnerable to infection. If used for more than a month on the same area, it can lead to the atrophy of the treated skin, reducing formation of collagen. It should be used very sparingly and for short duration on the face, groin and underarms. In some cases, it can cause a flare-up of rosacea. If you show no improvement of the infected area after seven days of use, you should check with your doctor.
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