Betaderm ointment is used to reduce redness, itching and swelling associated with skin conditions that include eczema, dermatitis, allergies and rashes. WebMD states that Betaderm is classified as a medium-strength corticosteroid.
Betaderm is formulated for use on the skin only, states WebMD. It should not be used on the face, groin or underarms unless specifically directed by a doctor. Before applying Betaderm ointment, it is important to clean and dry the affected area. Betaderm should be applied in a thin layer and gently rubbed in. Bandages, covers and wraps are not advised unless recommended by a doctor. WebMD cautions against getting this medication in the eyes, nose or mouth.
WebMD reveals that using Betaderm sometimes causes side effects, such as stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness or redness of the skin. These side effects generally decrease as the body gets used to the medication, but contacting a physician is recommended if the side effects are severe or persistent. Rarely, patients using Betaderm absorb too much of the medication into their bloodstream. This causes symptoms that include unusual or extreme tiredness, headache, weight loss, swelling of the ankles or feet, increased thirst and vision problems. These symptoms are more likely to occur in children or in patients who use Betaderm on large areas of the body.