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Clobetasol Propionate Topical Steroid Treatment for Skin Conditions

By Joanna Karpasea-Jones
 
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Clobetasol Propionate is a topical steroid ointment that is used to treat various auto-immune and skin conditions, such as:

• Severe eczema
• Anogenital pruritus (genital and anal itch)
• Psoriasis
• Lichen planus (an itchy skin rash that can also affect the mouth and genitals)
• Discoid lupus erythematosus (an auto immune disease where the immune system attacks the skin)
• Localized vulvodynia

The steroid ointment works by reducing the amount of inflammation, redness and itching. It is intended as a short-term treatment to deal with a flare up of the person’s autoimmune or skin condition, and should not be used longer than four weeks at a time, although repeat courses may be necessary for a longer term condition.

If used too much, clobetasol propionate can thin your skin.

Children should not use the ointment for longer than five days and not at all if they are less than 12 years old according to drugs.com. For dermatitis, the cream or ointment can be applied sparely up to twice a day as your doctor prescribes. The rash should be regularly reevaluated by your doctor while your child is having this medication.

You should only apply a thin amount since the medication is quite strong. If your doctor has advised you to use the ointment under a dressing, you should wash and dry the area first before applying the dressing.

You should not use this product for any infectious conditions such as thrush, cold sores or ringworm. Don’t apply it to broken skin. Don’t put it near your face unless your doctor advised you to.

Contraindications (Reasons why you shouldn’t have it)

• Hypersensitivity to clobetasol propionate or any other ingredients in the product
• Hypersensitivity to corticosteroids
• Infections of the scalp
• If you are pregnant (unless your doctor says it’s okay)
• If you are breastfeeding (unless your doctor says it’s okay) – it is not known if the steroid is excreted in human milk.

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