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What is Diprosone Ointment?

Diprosone Ointment is a potent topical corticosteroid designed to treat inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. It works by reducing redness, itching, and swelling. With its active ingredient, betamethasone, it offers relief when milder treatments fall short. Curious about how it could help you? Discover the full scope of Diprosone's benefits and usage guidelines in our detailed exploration.
J.M. Densing
J.M. Densing

Diprosone ointment is an ointment used to treat common skin conditions, like psoriasis and certain forms of dermatitis. The generic name for this ointment is betamethasone dipropionate, and it belongs to the corticosteroid class of drugs. It is a man-made, or synthetic, drug, and it reduces the swelling, redness and itching common with these skin conditions when applied to the skin.

Diprosone ointment is one of the more effective treatments available for several conditions, including plaque psoriasis, contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, and atopic eczema. It is applied in a thin film over the affected areas of the skin, and rubbed in gently twice a day. It should not be covered with bandages or dressings that do not allow air to reach the skin. It provides quick, long-lasting relief of the itching, redness, and swelling or inflammation common with these skin problems.

When used in higher dosages, diprosone can cause irritability and depression.
When used in higher dosages, diprosone can cause irritability and depression.

The use of diprosone should be ended once the symptoms are cleared. This can take from three days to three to four weeks. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of symptoms and the patient's response to the drug. Diprosone is not intended to be used for a period of longer than four weeks.

When absorbed into the skin cells, the ointment works by stopping the cells from producing certain chemicals in response to exposure to an irritant. When released, these chemicals cause the symptoms of the skin conditions such as like itching, swelling and redness. By stopping the release of the chemicals that cause these conditions, diprosone ends these symptoms.

A thin layer of diprosone ointment is typically applied to the affected area twice a day.
A thin layer of diprosone ointment is typically applied to the affected area twice a day.

Diprosone ointment can have a variety of side effects. Some typical, mild side effects include a burning feeling when applied, dryness, itching, irritation, and redness. These effects usually go away after the patient adjusts to the medicine. Some more severe effects include lack of improvement or healing, blood blisters, increased sensitivity of the skin, numbness of fingers, easy bruising, dark red spots such as warts, and infection. If any of these occur, the patient should report the problems to his or her doctor.

Diprosone ointment may be used to treat psoriasis.
Diprosone ointment may be used to treat psoriasis.

When used for longer than the recommended amount of time or in higher dosages, diprosone can also cause other side effects, similar to those seen with steroid use. These can include weight gain, acne, extra hair growth, swelling, irritability, depression and others. In addition, diprosone should not be used if a patient has a viral skin condition, or if he or she is allergic to any of the ingredients.

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Discussion Comments

indemnifyme

@Monika - If the cortisone cream works for you, I'd just stick with that. Honestly, I would recommend trying some natural eczema ointment to see if that would work for you instead.

As the article said, steroid based creams can have some pretty unpleasant side effects. Even the over the counter cortisone cream can result in side effects if it's used continuously. And let's face it, most people don't follow the directions on the box!

I know there are some natural alternatives out there. I would suggest checking your local health food store and at least giving it a try.

Monika

I suffer from eczema occasionally, but I've never used diprosone cream before. Usually I just buy cortisone cream over the counter. The cortisone cream works fairly well for me, but I think next time I get eczema I'm going to go to the doctor and see if I can get some diprosone ointment.

Believe it or not I've never really been to the doctor for my eczema! I usually get it on my legs, so it seems like kind of a minor concern. However, if there is something that works better than the cortisone cream I feel like I should definitely check it out!

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    • When used in higher dosages, diprosone can cause irritability and depression.
      By: Barbara Helgason
      When used in higher dosages, diprosone can cause irritability and depression.
    • A thin layer of diprosone ointment is typically applied to the affected area twice a day.
      By: Budimir Jevtic
      A thin layer of diprosone ointment is typically applied to the affected area twice a day.
    • Diprosone ointment may be used to treat psoriasis.
      By: paulandlara
      Diprosone ointment may be used to treat psoriasis.
    • Side effects of diprosone ointment may include bruising.
      By: Dusan Kostic
      Side effects of diprosone ointment may include bruising.
    • Side effects of diprosone may include weight gain.
      By: Michelle Meiklejohn
      Side effects of diprosone may include weight gain.
    • Diprosone ointment is commonly used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
      By: agephotography
      Diprosone ointment is commonly used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
    • Side effects of diprosone ointment may include the development of blood blisters and numbness of fingers.
      By: eyetronic
      Side effects of diprosone ointment may include the development of blood blisters and numbness of fingers.
    • Diprosene Oitment can provide quick, long-lasting relief of itching, redness, swelling or inflammation.
      By: dalaprod
      Diprosene Oitment can provide quick, long-lasting relief of itching, redness, swelling or inflammation.
    • Use of diprosone for an extended period of time may cause side effects like acne.
      By: Ocskay Bence
      Use of diprosone for an extended period of time may cause side effects like acne.