Q. Is Elocon Cream an antifungal, an antibiotic or a steroid?
Elocon Cream is neither an antifungal nor an antibiotic. It is a corticosteroid which is used to reduce inflammation (redness, swelling) in various conditions. It is available as an ointment, cream and lotion for external application. It is also available as a nasal spray or powder for inhalation.
Q. Elocon Cream is effective for my child. Can I extend the treatment a little longer?
You should use Elocon Cream as advised by your doctor, especially in children. Using more than the recommended dose or even extending the duration may cause hormonal imbalance in your child. As a result, the child may develop puffiness or rounding of face and there could be delay in growth and development. Therefore, consult the doctor before trying any dose adjustments.
Q. What is Elocon Cream used for?
Elocon Cream is a steroid medicine which is used on the skin to relieve inflammatory and itchy skin diseases. It also helps in reducing redness, scaling and swelling associated with these conditions. Do not take this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Q. How to use Elocon Cream?
Elocon Cream should be gently rubbed into the affected skin twice daily for a maximum of about 2 weeks. In case, you do not find any considerable improvement within 2 weeks, consult your doctor for reevaluation.
Q. What should I do if I forget to use Elocon Cream?
If you forget to use Elocon Cream, do not worry and continue using Elocon Cream as soon as you remember. However, if you are not sure and have any other doubts, please consult your doctor.
Q. Can you use Elocon Cream on broken skin?
No, Elocon Cream should not be applied on broken skin. It is a steroid medicine which works by suppressing the immune system. It may cause varied side effects which can delay the healing process. Moreover, steroids are also known to cause skin atrophy which might worsen the associated condition.
Q. Does Elocon Cream cause local irritation or skin reactions?
Yes, Elocon Cream may cause local skin reactions like burning, itching, irritation, dryness and hypopigmentation in sensitive individuals, although it is rare. Therefore, it is important to inform your doctor if you have any history of allergy or reaction before you start therapy with this medicine. In some cases, the reason for the allergic reaction could be the added ingredients with the drug. In case of any reaction, stop the medication immediately and inform the doctor.
Q. What are the precautions that are needed to be taken while using Elocon Cream?
Elocon Cream should not be used on the face. Do not use the medication for longer periods of time than you have been advised. Do not apply a bandage or dressing to the area being treated, as this will increase absorption of the preparation and increase the risk of side-effects. This medicine should be used only when advised by the doctor. It should not be given to other people even if their condition appears to be the same.