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Dermovate can be used by individuals to relieve the redness and itchiness caused by skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.

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What is Dermovate?

Certain skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis cause the skin to itch and become inflamed; that is to say the area becomes red, swollen, painful and itchy. Scratching may not alleviate the itching but can make it worse. Dermovate contains a medicine known as clobetasol propionate, which is a topical corticosteroid. This corticosteroid is a very active anti-inflammatory agent that reduces the redness, swelling, pain and itchiness. It is used for the treatment of severe skin conditions that do not respond to less active corticosteroids.

How to use Dermovate

Dermovate comes in a cream, ointment and scalp application. The medicine is usually applied as a thin layer to the affected area of skin once or twice daily. Wash your hands before use and, unless they require treatment, wash your hands again.

The cream and ointment are rubbed into the skin. To apply the correct amount of cream or ointment, squeeze a ‘fingertip unit’ on to your index finger (i.e. from the tip of your finger to the first bend of that finger). For an adult, two fingertip units is sufficient for two hands or one foot; three fingertip units is sufficient for one arm; six fingertip units is sufficient for one leg; and seven fingertip units is sufficient for the back or the front of your body. Children will not need so much, for example, a four-year-old will only require a third of the adult measure. The scalp application can also be rubbed into the skin but it is not necessary to do so; you can just leave it to dry. Do not use the scalp application if your hair is wet; dry your hair first and do not use a hairdryer or go near a fire as the fluid is flammable.

In cases where the skin problem is thick (e.g. patches of psoriasis) or resistant to treatment, your doctor may advise you to apply Dermovate and then place an air-tight dressing over the area. This enhances the effect of the medicine, and is usually done at night and only for a short period of time. Note that a baby's nappy may be an air-tight dressing.

You should not normally use Dermovate on the face where the skin thins easily and do not use on large areas of skin for long periods of time. If you require long-term treatment then your doctor may prescribe a weaker corticosteroid than Dermovate. However, inform your doctor before you stop using this medicine if you have been applying it regularly for some time. You may need to use the medicine again for short periods of time if the problem returns. Children using Dermovate should see the doctor weekly and, if possible, restrict use to five days.

It is not serious if you occasionally use too much Dermovate by mistake on one occasion. If you accidently get the medicine in your eye, bathe it with lots of water. It is also not serious if you forget to use it - just apply a dose as soon as possible (if not too near to the next scheduled application).

Who can use Dermovate?

Children aged one year and older and adults, including the elderly, may use Dermovate. Do not use Dermovate if you have an allergy to clobetasol propionate or any of its other ingredients. Do not use the scalp application if your scalp is infected. The cream and ointment may make some skin conditions worse, including acne, redness on and around the nose (known as rosacea), red spotted rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis), itching around your anus or genitals, viral infections (e.g. cold sores, herpes or chicken pox), fungal infections (e.g. thrush, ringworm) and bacterial infections (e.g. impetigo).

Effects of Dermovate on the baby when used by women during pregnancy and breastfeeding have not been established. It is therefore advisable to let your doctor know if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Dermovate Side Effects

It is possible that Dermovate may cause your skin condition to worsen or become swollen, in which case you should stop treatment and contact your doctor as soon as possible. At the site of application, Dermovate may cause itching or a burning sensation. The medicine may also cause small bumps filled with pus under the skin (pustular psoriasis) in people with psoriasis.

People who use Dermovate over a long period of time or too much every time they use it or with an air-tight dressing may, in the treated area, develop stretch marks, skin thinning, changes in skin colour, more hair growth, and visible veins under the skin. They may also gain weight and their face may become rounder, although this is generally seen more in children and infants.

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Reviewed by: Dr Loraine Haslam MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, LoC SDI, LoC IUT, MRCGP
GMC registration number: 4524038
Date: 30 August 2022
Next review: 29 August 2024
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Dermovate Reviews By Our Patients

  • Overall Rating
    Based on 2 reviews
  • ★★★★★
    A brilliant cream for anyone with moderate to severe eczema or psoriasis that wants to quickly knock it on the head. Just have to be careful and apply thinly, as this is a very potent topical steroid. Would not recommend to use all the time, just when your symptoms get bad and then move down to a mild steroid. Thats what I have done in the past.
    Matt Barnett - 07/04/20
  • ★★★★★
    This product was amazing. I was out of discomfort quickly.
    A. S. - 26/05/21

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