Corticosteroid, Betamethasone, Hydrocortisone and Hair Loss
About Betamethasone: Betamethasone is a kind of topical corticosteroids commonly prescribed for the treatment of skin and scalp disorders such as severe psoriasis, itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, eczema, and inflammation etc. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medicines. Inflammation of the skin happens due to the 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, resulting in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.
Topical corticosteroids remain one of the most widely used treatment modalities for psoriasis. Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive and antiproliferative properties. They bind to a receptor in the cytoplasm of cells and are transported to the nucleus, where they affect gene transcription. The efficacy of an individual topical corticosteroid is related to its potency and its ability to be absorbed into the skin.
Corticosteroids or Betamethasone works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances.
Brand Name: Alphatrex; Beta-Val; Betalene; Betatrex; Diprolene; Diprosone; Maxivate; Valisone; Val, Betatrex, Luxiq Foam, Valisone Topical, Valnac Topical
Side effects: Note that betamethasone is not intended for long term use. If corticosteroids are used long-term, There is the possibility of systemic absorption with corticosteroids and result inside effects such as skin thinning, a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands as well as a decrease in the production of collagen in our skin tissues. For this reason, continuous, long-term use of this medicine should be avoided wherever possible. Patients should avoid using betamethasone based hair products on a daily basis. Other side effects include:
dryness of the skin
discoloration of the skin
Topical application: Use topically as directed. If you are using topical minoxidil separately, try to apply minoxidil prior to betamethasone.
⇒ Hair loss treatment that contain Corticosteroid or Betamethasone - Dr. Klein's Formula
Corticosteroid Potency Comparison
⇒ Class 1--superpotent
⇒ Class 2--potent
⇒ Class 3--upper mid-strength
⇒ Class 4--mid-strength
⇒ Class 5--lower mid-strength
⇒ Class 6--mild
⇒ Class 7--least potent
Topicals with hydrocortisone,
methyprednisolone and prednisolone
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