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Uses and Side Effects of Beclomin Cream

Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a practicing doctor in Sri Lanka. He holds a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry.

What Is Beclomin?

Beclomin is a skin preparation manufactured by Leben Pharmaceuticals, located in India. It is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory skin ointment. The active ingredients are Beclomethasone Dipropionate 0.025%w/w, Miconazole Nitrate 2% w/w, and Neomycin sulphate 0.5%w/w.

When Is It Prescribed?

This cream is prescribed by doctors to treat complicated skin infection characterized by mixed fungal and bacterial infections with surrounding inflammation (redness, edema, and oozing). In addition, it is prescribed by doctors when the exact cause for skin disease cannot be easily identified.

Individual Components

  • Beclomethasone Dipropionate: This is a potent steroid that is used to treat inflammation. It is useful in skin conditions characterized by redness, itchiness and edema. Skin applications contains steroids are used in conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, and seborrhic dermatitis. In addition, steroid skin preparations are useful for quick symptom relief in infective skin conditions. However, they should be used with anti infective agents. Otherwise infections get worsened due to immunosuppressive effect of steroids.
  • Miconazole: This is the anti-fungal medication in Beclomin. It is effective for wide variety of skin funguses.
  • Neomycin: This is an antibiotic that will help to kill bacteria.
Eczematous rash with bacterial infection

Eczematous rash with bacterial infection

Ringworm or fungal infection on finger

Ringworm or fungal infection on finger

What are the specific skin lesions that can be treated with Beclomin?

Beclomin can be used in infected eczema. Fungal infections associated with bacterial infections. (e.g. due scratching fungal infected skin area can be secondarily infected by bacteria causing pus formation). In addition, this can be used in vaginal candidiasis associated with redness and inflammation. In addition, this ointment can be used in bacterial vaginitis.

However, you should not use Beclomin to treat shingles or herpes infections. It will greatly worsen the infection due to immunosuppressive effect of Beclomethasone. In addition, do not use this on viral warts.

Side Effects

Side effects are mainly caused by steroid beclomethasone in this preparation. Beclomethasone local application can cause skin thinning, redness and aggravate certain skin infections. It is especially dangerous to use Beclomin in viral skin infections such as shingles.

In addition, some individual will get skin irritation and redness after applying this ointment. Very rarely allergic reactions can occur. Allergic reactions can be identified by hives, itchiness, redness, and swelling. Extremely rarely this product can cause severe form of allergic reaction called anaphylactic reaction characterized by widespread hives and difficulty in breathing. This is a medical emergency that need to be treated in an emergency department.

Summary

Beclomin is a popular skin preparation use to treat wide variety of fungal, bacterial, and inflammatory skin conditions.

The main side effects are:

  1. Skin thinning
  2. Skin irritation

Beclomin should not be used to treat viral skin lesions.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 Dr Manura Nanayakkara

Comments

pires on November 03, 2018:

can I use beclomin to treat pimples?

san on May 03, 2018:

can i apply in my testes they are having wounds?

Ellen Browning on December 14, 2017:

Very Helpful, thanks for the information.

Vivien on June 19, 2017:

I used Beclomin to treat some rashes on my face, but they started clearing after around 1 week they came back even worse and in other additional areas on my face, initially it was just on the fore head, now on my right side of the chick as well

Preshi on February 14, 2017:

can this cream use for Pityriasis Versicolor?

Ann on November 08, 2016:

Hi, should I use beclomin for the pimples on my face and for the redness. Pls let me know.

Wanjiru on February 08, 2016:

I have a rash on my upper ass.i am using beclomin I hope it work

aabid aslam on May 12, 2015:

I used beclomin for six month for the acne/pimples. The moment i stopped my skin started getting red and it was itching a lot. I had to go to several dermatologist but the moment i stop using the creams the dermatologist recommends, the irritation starts again

Rahab on May 07, 2015:

I have pimples on my face n just bought the cream i just hope it works out

kate on April 14, 2015:

I also used beclomin and now my face is completely messed up

debbie on April 07, 2015:

I used beclomin coz i had black spots nowi hv pimples coz i stopped after having clear skin what's happenning

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on February 08, 2015:

Beclomin should not be used in Sunburn. Use a moisterizing cream and it will cure itself. Use sunscreen when you go in the sun again.

Eunice kogo on February 07, 2015:

I had sunburns on my face and i used beclomin to clear ,but now my face is worsed than before,big rushes at my chin and around the mouth,pliz help im despered

jedidah on August 14, 2014:

I had pimples and rashes on my face but since i started using the cream its now 7 month .now i have a baby face.thanks beclomin manufacterers.am so happy 4 u

Dr Manura Nanayakkara (author) from Sri Lanka on March 20, 2014:

It may be due to infection being not treated or allergic irritation. Allergic lesions usually recur, if the cause of the allergy is not addressed.

Wanjiku on March 19, 2014:

I have been using beclomin now for some time, the problem is after I stop using the irritation reocure. Most unfortunate is that the patches are on my face but I agree it's good