Diprolene is a medication that helps to treat the symptoms that go along with a number of skin disorders, including red skin, itchiness, crusting and flaking, swelling and inflammation, and pain. Diprolene comes in the form of an ointment, and it is a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are chemical compounds made up of adrenal cortex steroid hormones; corticosteroids are well known for their anti-inflammatory qualities.
In most cases, patients will apply Diprolene to the areas of their skin that are affected by a disorder anywhere from one to four times each day, according to their prescriptions. In order to use it, you will first wash thoroughly the area of skin where the Diprolene will go, and then rub some of this ointment gently into your skin in a thin layer. (Your skin should still be wet when you apply this ointment.) Be sure to keep it out of your eyes. In most cases, this ointment will be prescribed to patients who are 13 years old and older. However, if you have a young child whose pediatrician prescribes Diprolene for him or her, and you are applying Diprolene to his or her diaper region, make sure that this child wears loose-fitting diapers and loose-fitting pants, so as not to cause irritation or any other side effects. And you should be careful whenever you apply Diprolene to your armpits, genitals or face. If you apply too much ointment in these regions of the body you can cause unpleasant side effects to occur. Also, do not put a bandage and do not put cosmetics over any part of the body in which you have rubbed Diprolene unless you do so under the guidance of your doctor.
As far as the side effects of Diprolene go, there are two basic kinds: minor and serious. Minor side effects include dry patches of skin (perhaps the skin will crack in these areas from time to time), itchy or burning skin, acne or even some skin discoloration. These side effects shouldn’t last long, but if they do then by all means give your doctor a call. The serious side effects from Diprolene are rare, but they do require medical attention as soon as you can get it. These serious side effects include problems with breathing and swallowing, a major skin rash, a sudden fit of wheezing, and an infection of the skin, one in which the skin turns red and perhaps even where there is pus oozing from your pores. If your skin seems to be overly irritated by this kind of medication, your doctor will be able to try a different course of treatment.
Your doctor might not let you take Diprolene if you’ve ever had diabetes, cataracts, an auto-immune disease, glaucoma, a problem with your circulatory system, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding an infant.
Patients who take Diprolene usually do not use more than fifty grams a week, and they should concentrate this usage of Diprolene on the smallest areas of the body that they can. Diprolene should not be spread on parts of the body that are not showing any symptoms of a skin condition. Overuse of this medication can lead to HPA suppression, which will have negative consequences on the body. You should also be extra careful that you do not use any more ointment than necessary when applying this medication to a child’s skin, as some studies have suggested that children’s bodies tend to absorb higher concentrations of corticosteroids than adult bodies do. And you should never use this ointment to treat any condition other than the condition for which your doctor gave it to you. Finally, note that it’s possible that once your stop using this medicine, the symptoms of your skin condition will return.