What Is Clobetasol Propionate Foam Used For?
A healthcare provider may recommend clobetasol propionate foam if you have itching or inflammation caused by certain skin conditions. This prescription medicine is specifically approved to treat skin problems such as poison ivy, eczema, and psoriasis, among others. This steroid drug works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Clobetasol propionate foam is approved for use in adults and children age 12 and older.
An Overview of Uses for Clobetasol Propionate FoamClobetasol propionate foam (Olux®) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in two different forms: a regular foam (Olux) or an alcohol-free emollient foam (Olux-E).
Regular clobetasol propionate foam is approved to treat inflammation and itching of the scalp due to various conditions, such as psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, or seborrhea. It is also approved to treat mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis of the body, except on the face, underarms, or groin areas. It is not approved to treat any other condition of the body (such as atopic dermatitis).
Clobetasol propionate emollient foam is approved to treat inflammation and itching of the skin due to various conditions (presumably of the body, not the scalp, because the emollient formula is probably too greasy for use on the head). It should not be used on the face, underarms, or groin areas. Some of the conditions which clobetasol propionate emollient foam might be effective for include but are not limited to:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Contact dermatitis
- Poison ivy
Clobetasol propionate foam products are recommended for short-term use only, and the dosing instructions for each particular product must be followed carefully. Using too much or using it for too long may cause serious side effects (see Clobetasol Propionate Foam Side Effects). Clobetasol propionate foam should not be used for more than two weeks.