Betnovate-N cream and ointment both contain two active ingredients,
betamethasone valerate and neomycin sulphate.
Betamethasone valerate is a type of medicine called a topical
are medicines used for reducing inflammation.
Inflammation of the skin happens as a result of allergy or
irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various
substances that are important in the immune system. These
substances cause blood vessels to widen and result in the irritated
area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, such as is seen in
dermatitis or eczema.
When betamethasone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside
the cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances.
This reduces swelling, redness and itch. Betamethasone is a potent
is an antibiotic of the aminoglycoside type. It kills
bacteria so is described as bactericidal.
The combination of betamethasone and neomycin is used to treat
inflammatory skin disorders, which are either infected or likely to
What is it used for?
* An eruption of hard nodules in
the skin accompanied by intense itching (prurigo nodularis).
* Infected insect bites.
* Inflammation of the skin around
the genitals or anus, caused by skin surfaces rubbing together
(genital or perianal intertrigo).
* Inflammation or irritation of the
skin caused by a reaction to irritants (contact dermatitis).
* Inflammatory skin condition with
greasy, red and scaly areas (seborrhoeic dermatitis).
* Inflammatory skin disease known
as discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE).
* Thickened skin rash caused by
excessive scratching to relieve itching (neurodermatitis).
Size : 15 g.
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