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Eumovate Cream & Ointment reviews
Eumovate Cream & Ointment FAQs
As well as eczema, Eumovate can be used to treat the following skin conditions:
Seborrheic dermatitis, prurigo nodularis, allergic reaction, intertrigo (a rash between folds of skin), photodermatitis (inflammation caused by exposure to ultraviolet light)
The active ingredient in Benadryl one A Day tablets is a non-sedating antihistamine called cetirizine. Allergy symptoms occur due to the activity of mast cells. These cells are responsible for the immune system’s reaction to foreign particles. When an allergen enters the body, mast cells release substances such as histamine. This binds to H1 receptors, which causes an inflammatory response, leading to congestion and watery eyes.
Antihistamines work in different ways. Whereas some other medicines inhibit the release of histamine, cetirizine prevents histamine from reaching its H1 receptors. This blocks the body’s inflammatory response to allergens, easing the frustrating symptoms of hayfever and other allergies.
This medicine will be most effective if applied following a bath.
Apply a thin layer to all red skin. Quantities of topical cream or ointment are often measured using a ‘fingertip unit’. This is the amount of medicine that is squeezed onto the first segment of the finger. One of these units corresponds to an area of skin the size of two adult hands.
Eumovate cream should be applied thinly and evenly. Long-term use on the face, lips and eyelids should be avoided. Do not allow the cream to come into contact with the eyes. Eumovate cream should not be used to treat acne or other inflammatory disorders, such as rosacea or insect bites.
Eumovate cream is sometimes prescribed for men who suffer from a tight foreskin. Consult your doctor before using it for this purpose.
You will be advised to use this cream either once or twice per day. Do not exceed your prescription, as this will make you more susceptible to side effects without providing any extra benefit.
Ointment has a greasier consistency than cream. Eumovate ointment is best suited to skin which is dry or scaly. The cream should be used on moist or weepy skin. Both types of Eumovate contain identical active ingredients.
Clobetasone butyrate is a moderately potent steroid. It is stronger than hydrocortisone, a popular non-prescription steroid. Strong corticosteroids include Eumovate and Diprosone – these are used for more serious conditions, but come with a higher risk of side effects.
Eumovate is unsuitable or you if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, if your skin is infected, or if you have kidney or liver problems. Eumovate should not be used on the face or on skin near the anus or genitals.
You should notice improvements to your symptoms within five days of using Eumovate.
Eumovate ointment and cream are made by GlaxoSmithKline.
In the rare cases in which Eumovate causes skin to become slightly lighter or darker, the skin will return to its normal colour once you stop using the medicine. However, you may notice a change to your skin colour if you have severe or persistent eczema. This is because pigments can change in response to skin inflammation. This usually reverts to normal after a few months.
This is a reported but rare side effect of Eumovate. The unwanted hair growth will be confined to the site of application.
It is a myth that corticosteroids can worsen or prolong eczema. If this occurs, it is instead likely due to an allergic response to the medicine.
Moisturisers are very important to maintain healthy skin, but will only be effective at treating very mild eczema. Further treatment is usually required once the skin has become inflamed. Topical corticosteroids are just one such treatment.
At The Independent Pharmacy we do not prescribe medicines for children or babies. This medicine should not be used during pregnancy unless advised by your doctor. If so, it should not be used on large areas of skin, underneath airtight dressings, or for long periods of time. The same goes for breastfeeding.
Here is a summary of the four different treatments:
Eumovate: Eumovate cream contains the active ingredient clobetasone butyrate. It is a topical corticosteroid used primarily for skin irritation or inflammation, such as eczema.
Betnovate: Betnovate is a cream/ointment that contains the active ingredient betamethasone – also a topical corticosteroid. It is used for much the same purpose as Eumovate.
Dermovate: Dermovate cream contains the active ingredient clobetasol, a steroid that is used to reduce inflammation. It is used only in short courses, as it is strong, and tends to be used when the mild corticosteroids have not been effective.
Temovate: Temovate cream is another form of clobetasol – Temovate is just the brand name. Temovate is available in the US. It’s used to reduce itching, redness and swelling by deactivating certain immune responses. No more than 50 grams of Temovate should be used per week.
No, Eumovate should not be used on broken skin or any open wounds. You should also avoid using it on the face, or applying it to the same patch of skin more than once.
Eumovate cream is sometimes prescribed for psoriasis, but you should check with your doctor before using it as it may not necessarily be the best treatment for you. One of the possible side effects of Eumovate can be a slight rash, so it is likely not the best option for a heat rash either. To treat heat rash, try Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream.
It is available in 15g packs over the counter and limited to one per customer when buying from places like Boots. So if you need larger amounts or use regularly it would need to be from your GP or an online pharmacy.
Chronic skin conditions can be tough to treat. In general yes, dermatologists and patients see good results from Eumovate.