What Is Alclometasone Used For?
Adults and children as young as one year old who have eczema, poison ivy, or certain other skin problems may benefit from alclometasone. Available by prescription only, alclometasone is specifically used to treat itching and inflammation due to any skin problem that is responsive to corticosteroids. It works by suppressing an overactive immune system and reducing inflammation.
Alclometasone dipropionate (Aclovate®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Specifically, alclometasone is approved to treat itching and inflammation due to any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids (alclometasone is a corticosteroid).
Alclometasone is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Alclometasone works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
This medication is a relatively mild steroid and is approved for use in children one year of age and older for up to three weeks. It has not been adequately studied for use in young infants or for periods longer than three weeks for children.
As with all steroids, young children are more likely to absorb too much of this medication, perhaps leading to serious side effects. This is especially true if alclometasone is applied to the diaper area. Alclometasone should not be applied to the diaper area, as the diaper acts like a bandage, which increases the absorption of the medication and the risk for serious side effects.