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Clobetasone Topical



Clobetasone topical is used to treat and manage redness and itching due to skin problems such as eczema, dermatitis, nappy rash, or insect bites. It also helps to reduce inflammation of the outer ear (otitis externa).

How it works

Clobetasone belongs to the class of medications called as corticosteroids. It inhibits release of chemicals in the body which causes inflammation thereby reducing redness, itching, swelling, and irritation of the skin.

Common side effects

Exacerbation of psoriasis, Generalized rash, Generalized swelling


Expert advice

  • Do not use clobetasone ointment/cream if you have chronic leg ulcers, psoriasis (red, itchy, scaly patches).
  • Do not apply clobetasone cream near the eyes to avoid the risk of glaucoma (raised pressure inside eyes) or cataract (cloudiness of lens in eye) on repeated exposure to eyes.
  • Do not apply the clobetasone topical solution on broken and infected skin, acne (pimples), flushed skin around the nose (rosacea), and itchy skin due to allergy (pruritus).
  • If advised by your doctor to be used during breastfeeding, topical clobetasone should be wiped off thoroughly from the breasts prior to breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. 
  • Do not use if you are allergic to clobetasone or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not use if you have untreated skin infections, rosacea (severe flushing of skin on and around the nose), acne (pimples), and itching of skin (pruritus) without inflammation.

Frequently asked questions

Clobetasone Topical

 Q. Is clobetasone/clobetasone butyrate a steroid?
Yes, clobetasone/clobetasone butyrate is a topical steroid.
Q. What is clobetasone and white soft paraffin (wsp) used for?
Clobetasone along with other ingredients (excipients) such as liquid paraffin (wsp) is used to treat inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.
Q. Is clobetasol and clobetasone the same?
Both clobetasol and clobetasone are topical steroid but their effect may vary upon individual conditions or response.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)