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Mometasone furoate cream is a generic type of corticosteroid that can help relieve symptoms like swelling, redness, and itching. These are symptoms of various skin conditions, such as dermatitis, eczema, and rashes, including allergic rashes. Patients who have psoriasis may also benefit from this drug. Mometasone furoate cream is only intended for topical application to the skin.
Patients should wash and dry their hands and the affected area of skin before applying the cream. A thin layer of the medication should be applied to the skin that requires treatment. Typically, patients will use one dose daily unless a doctor instructs otherwise. They must thoroughly wash their hands after using the mometasone furoate cream.
The area of treated skin should not usually be wrapped or covered by a bandage. If the cream is applied to an area covered by the diaper on an infant, parents or caregivers should avoid using a tight-fitting diaper. Patients should not apply mometasone furoate cream to the groin, face, or underarms.
Some side effects may occur with the use of mometasone furoate cream, which should be reported to the prescribing physician if they become bothersome. These can include changes in skin color, skin sores, or acne. The patient's skin may become red, irritated, and dry with the first few applications of mometasone furoate cream. These side effects should dissipate, along with any itching, burning, or stinging.
More serious side effects require emergency medical care. Patients should see their doctors if they experience excessive hair growth, stretch marks, or thinning of the skin. Folliculitis, or hair bumps may also occur rarely. Some patients may suffer an allergic reaction from this corticosteroid, which is often indicated by difficulty breathing, severe dizziness, and facial swelling.
Other uncommon, but serious side effects may include skin infections. Patients should talk to their doctors if redness or swelling does not improve or becomes worse. Those who use mometasone furoate cream over a large area of skin or for a prolonged period of time may rarely have the corticosteroid absorb into the bloodstream through the skin. Symptoms of this complication can include vision problems, extreme fatigue, and swollen feet or ankles. It may also cause increased thirst and urination, weight loss, and headaches.
Before using mometasone furoate cream, patients must disclose their other medical conditions, medications, and supplements. As of 2011, it is unknown whether this drug may pass into breast milk. Women who are pregnant should avoid its use whenever possible. It may be contraindicated for use by those who have a suppressed immune system, poor circulation, or diabetes.