What is Betamethasone 0.1% Cream?
Betamethasone 0.1% Cream is a topical cream applied to the skin to relieve itching and inflammation caused by inflammatory skin conditions, including:
- Allergic and irritant contact dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Atopic eczema
- Lichen simplex and lichen planus
- Prurigo nodularis
- Insect bites and stings
- Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE)
- Widespread reddening of the skin (generalised erythroderma)
Betamethasone 0.1% Cream contains a potent topical corticosteroid that is used to reduce inflammation in the skin. In the UK, you will often see it for sale under the brand name 'Betnovate'.
You will also find betamethasone cream containing an antibacterial agent, such as fusidic acid, or an antifungal like clotrimazole. Your doctor may prescribe an antifungal or antibacterial cream if your skin is infected.
Betamethasone 0.1% Cream is suitable for use in adults and children over 1 year of age. It should not be used in children under this age unless on the advice of your doctor. This is because children are more susceptible to the side effects of corticosteroids.
How does Betamethasone 0.1% Cream work?
Betamethasone 0.1% Cream contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate BP. The cream is used to reduce redness, itching and inflammation associated with inflammatory skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.
Betamethasone valerate BP is a topical corticosteroid. It is classed as a potent steroid, which means it is generally prescribed if milder corticosteroids have failed to alleviate symptoms.
When skin irritation or an allergic reaction occurs, it results in inflammation. Our skin releases substances that widen blood vessels, causing red, itchy, swollen and painful skin. Betamethasone valerate acts directly inside skin cells, preventing these inflammatory substances from being released. As a result, itching, redness and swelling are reduced, and the cream also helps to break the itch-scratch cycle, preventing further irritation.
Betamethasone 0.1% Cream is only available on prescription and should always be used exactly as directed by your doctor. The cream is normally prescribed for weeping or moist areas of skin.
If you think the area of skin being treated has become infected, you should discontinue use of the cream and seek medical advice from your doctor. They may prescribe a topical corticosteroid cream containing an antifungal or antibacterial agent.
How to use Betamethasone 0.1% Cream
- Wash your hands before applying the cream
- Apply a thin, even layer to the affected area(s) once or twice daily
- When symptoms improve, use the cream less frequently
- Do not apply the cream to infected or broken skin
- You should never use Betamethasone 0.1% Cream on your face, unless instructed to by your doctor
- Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the cream
- Always use the cream for as long as recommended by your doctor
- Children should not use the cream for more than 2 weeks at a time
What dosages are available for Betamethasone 0.1% Cream?
There is only one dosage available for Betamethasone 0.1% Cream. One gram of the cream contains 1mg of betamethasone valerate BP. The cream is only available on prescription from your doctor and usually comes in a 30g tube with screw cap.
What are the side effects of Betamethasone 0.1% Cream?
Not everyone who uses this medication will experience side effects, as corticosteroids are generally well tolerated. However, medicine can affect people in different ways. Side effects which have been commonly reported include: skin irritation; skin thinning; acne; stretch marks; spreading of untreated infections; and, hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth).
Using corticosteroids for long periods of time or excessively may cause side effects in other parts of the body, for example Cushing's syndrome.
If you experience these or any other side effects, you should consult your doctor for medical advice.
What are the precautions/interactions of Betamethasone 0.1% Cream?
Betamethasone 0.1% Cream may interact with the following other medicines:
You should not apply Betamethasone 0.1% Cream to your skin if you have any of the following conditions:
- Viral skin infections, e.g. chickenpox
- Acne or acne rosacea
- Fungal skin infections, e.g. athlete's foot
- Bacterial skin infections
- Perioral dermatitis
- Plaque psoriasis
- Nappy rash
You should always tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking that contain steroids. If you are applying other topical creams or ointments to the same area of skin, you should leave several minutes between applications. This allows time for each product to be absorbed into the skin, avoiding products mixing on the skin's surface.
If you are applying moisturiser to your skin, it should be applied around 30 minutes before using Betamethasone 0.1% Cream. Although using moisturiser in this way can help to improve the body's absorption of the corticosteroid, using a moisturiser just before or after applying betamethasone can dilute the active ingredient, and may make it less effective.
Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers should not use hydrocortisone cream unless on the advice of their doctor, as the corticosteroid could pass into breast milk. You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to corticosteroids or any of the other ingredients.
How to buy Betamethasone 0.1% Cream Ointment online
If Betamethasone 0.1% Cream Ointment is your ideal treatment for eczema and psoriasis, you can buy it online form HealthExpress. Saving the hassle of buying in-person, our entire process is online and your details can be saved making reordering even quicker.
If you need Betamethasone Ointment as soon as possible, we offer a free next-day delivery service across the UK; just order before 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Betamethasone will be packaged securely and discreetly.