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Eumovate cream

Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen MartinReviewed on 19.10.2023 | 2 minutes read

Eumovate is the brand name for clobetasone butyrate 0.05% cream, a short-term steroid cream used to treat different causes of skin inflammation. The cream can be used to treat eczema, heat rash, and insect bites, as well as many other inflammatory skin conditions. There is also an ointment (greasier) version of Eumovate. This formulation is not available in the US. Clobetasol propionate is a similar steroid cream that is available by prescription.

Doctor’s advice

Who is it for?

Eumovate is suitable for most adults and children over 12 years old. If you have a flare of eczema, the first step is usually to try a medical-grade moisturizer. If you have tried moisturizing and seen no improvement, another option could be to try a steroid cream such as hydrocortisone.

Eumovate is more potent and should be used only after trying hydrocortisone first without satisfactory improvement. The cream aims to help inflammatory skin conditions by reducing inflammation and irritation for a short period of time. It is particularly useful at controlling short-term flares of irritated skin and breaking the itch-scratch cycle. Steroid creams for diaper rash and other skin problems in children under 12 years old should only be used on the advice of a physician.

How does it work?

Eumovate contains clobetasone butyrate 0.05%, which is a steroid (corticosteroid) and reduces the body's response to inflammatory reactions. By applying it directly to inflamed skin, the aim is to reduce inflammation in that area using the least amount of steroid possible.

Should anyone avoid using it?

Like all medications, don't use them if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication, or if you have other medications or medical conditions where you would normally discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new.

Eumovate should be used for a maximum of 7 days in a row. It should not be used on any children under the age of 12 years. It should not be used on any open skin, and on any sensitive areas of the body, such as the face. Some people complain of a burning sensation when first applied, however, this sensation tends to disappear after a few days of use.

How should I apply it?

Wash and dry your hands and then squeeze out the amount of cream required. It is recommended to use a pea-sized amount for a palm-sized surface area. Spread the cream in a thin layer over the area of irritated skin. Carefully smooth it into your skin in the direction the hair grows until it disappears.

Be careful not to get the cream into broken skin or cuts. Wash your hands afterward (unless you are treating the skin on your hands). Make sure, if treating eczema, that you are moisturizing up to four times a day to maximize the effect of Eumovate and also to ensure the irritation isn't being caused by dry skin.

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Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed by Dr Karen Martin
Reviewed on 19.10.2023
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