Clobetasol Propionate is a topical synthetic corticosteroid that has anti-inflammatory properties. It works by fastening to cytoplasmic glucocorticoid receptors which then stimulate the glucocorticoid receptors. Clobetasol Propionate is primarily used in the treatment of different scalp treatments and skin disorders; such as eczema and psoriasis, however it can also be utilized to treat a number of auto-immune diseases.
Clobetasol propionate is considered to be very potent; because of that, it's not recommended for use byond a few weeks or for an extended period of time. Clobetasol propionate is marketed under various names in the United States; Clobex, Cormax, Temovate and worldwide; Tenovate, Dermovate, Dermatovate, Butavate and, Movate.
This topical medication comes in the form of a spray, gel, cream and foam, all of which contain 0.05% of the corticosteroid. Temovate is the most frequently used brand in the US and is used to reduce the itching and inflammation that result from moderate to severe skin disorders. It's administered in the short-term treatment of scalp conditions and to heal skin conditions that are on the body. Clobetasol propionate is comprised of a steroid medication that is only for external use.
The medication is to be applied on to the affected area in a thin layer (this may be of cream, ointment or gel). Follow the specific dosage and application directions. Using an excessive amount of it can increase the risk of side effects that are experienced
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Although infrequent, side effects can include: irritation, itching, skin discoloration, burning, dryness and peeling, a stinging sensation and numbness. It may also result in a breakout of acne, secondary infections, Glaucoma, Hypopigmentation, Cushing's syndrome, Erythema and atrophy of the skin.
In general, the uses of topical steroids are associated with allergic induced skin inflammation, skin irritation, excessive hair growth, infection, inflammation and skin discoloration. While using Clobetasol propionate, it's important to inform your doctor of any side effects that you experience or if your condition has changed or worsened. In most cases, this medication is generally well tolerated when it's used for the recommended two week duration.
Serena Spinello holds two master’s degrees and is pursuing her Ph.D. in medical science. She has been a professional writer and researcher for over 10 years and is an active member of the American Medical Writers Association, Academy of Medical Educators, and the National Association of Social Workers.