What Is Mometasone Furoate Cream Used For?
Mometasone furoate cream is prescribed to treat a variety of skin problems, such as dermatitis, poison ivy, and eczema. It is a type of steroid and works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Adults and children as young as two years old can use mometasone furoate cream; however, do not use this medicine on a child without first talking to a healthcare provider.
An Overview of Uses for Mometasone Furoate CreamMometasone furoate cream (Elocon®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Mometasone furoate is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. The medicine comes in three forms, including a cream, an ointment, and a lotion. The ointment is greasier, while the lotion and cream are easier and less messy to apply.
How Does This Medicine Work?Mometasone furoate cream is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Mometasone furoate cream works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Is It Safe for Children to Use Mometasone Furoate Cream?Mometasone furoate cream is approved for use in children as young as two years old. However, children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using mometasone furoate cream.
In general, if mometasone furoate cream is to be applied to the diaper area, diapers or "plastic pants" should not be used, as they may increase the absorption of the drug.
The safety of long-term use (more than three weeks) of this drug in children has not been established.