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Betaderm Side Effects

author image Rae Uddin
Rae Uddin has worked as a freelance writer and editor since 2004. She specializes in scientific journalism and medical and technical writing. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Uddin earned her Master of Science in integrated biomedical sciences with an emphasis in molecular and cellular biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.
Betaderm Side Effects
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Betaderm is a corticosteroid medication used to manage or alleviate skin symptoms, such as redness, scaling or itching, associated with inflammatory skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. This medication is applied directly to the affected skin region. Patients should consult a physician to discuss potential Betaderm side effects before beginning to use this medication.

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Drying or Cracking

Skin treated with Betaderm may become unusually dry as a side effect of treatment, warns. If this occurs, the affected skin region may appear cracked and may begin to peel, flake or bleed. Patients who develop excessive skin dryness should speak to a doctor for more information about how to manage this side effect of Betaderm.

Burning or Itching

A burning sensation may develop when a patient applied Betaderm to the skin. Burning or stinging may be uncomfortable and can cause sensations of itching across the treated skin, Patient UK reports. Patients who experience itching may begin to scratch at the affected skin. Recurrent or excessive scratching may damage sensitive skin and can increase a patient's risk of developing a skin infection.

Skin Thinning

Use of this medication may cause the treated skin to become abnormally thin, according to Thin skin may be more susceptible to damage or irritation. This Betaderm side effect is typically temporary and progressive resolves after treatment with this topical medication ends.

Skin Discoloration

Patients may notice that skin treated with Betaderm appear red or discolored. Skin discoloration may also cause treated skin to appear darker or lighter than untreated skin. If these side effects emerge, they typically resolve after patients stop using this medication.

Skin Lesions

Patients may develop skin lesions, such as blisters or acne, across skin treated with this medication. These skin lesions may appear red or inflamed and are typically sensitive to the touch. Patients who develop severe skin lesions should seek care from a medical professional.

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