Uses and Side Effects of Beclomin Cream

Updated on January 29, 2017
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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.

Is Beclomin useful?

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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.

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      Ellen Browning 4 months ago

      Very Helpful, thanks for the information.

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      Vivien 10 months ago

      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

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      Preshi 14 months ago

      can this cream use for Pityriasis Versicolor?

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      Ann 17 months ago

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

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      Wanjiru 2 years ago

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

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      aabid aslam 2 years ago

      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

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      Rahab 2 years ago

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

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      kate 3 years ago

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

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      debbie 3 years ago

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

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 3 years ago from Sri Lanka

      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.

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      Eunice kogo 3 years ago

      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

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      jedidah 3 years ago

      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 so happy 4 u

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      Dr Manura Nanayakkara 4 years ago from Sri Lanka

      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.

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      Wanjiku 4 years ago

      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