Betnovate-N skin cream is used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema or bug bites that may be infected. It helps relieve and reduce itchiness and redness associated with these specific skin problems, according to Drugs.com.
Betnovate-N is composed of two primary ingredients: betamethasone valerate and neomycin sulfate, reports Drugs.com. A type of steroid, betamethasone valerate is responsible for alleviating irritation and swelling. Neomycin sulfate is an antibacterial agent that fights skin infections.
Betnovate-N is generally applied to small areas of affected skin two to three times a day. It is not intended for use on large areas of the body or for an extended period of time unless otherwise directed by a medical professional, according to Drugs.com.
Although Betnovate-N cream is prescribed specifically for skin conditions, it is absorbed into the body. This may cause side effects in other parts of the body, especially when the medicine is used in large quantities, for a long time or covered with a dressing. After two to four weeks of using this cream, a doctor should be notified if there is no noticeable improvement, reports NHS Choices.
Depending upon a patient's full medical history, Betnovate-N may not be suitable for use. It is important that a qualified physician reviews each individual case before prescribing this medicine, advises NHS Choices.