This type of cream and ointment is prescribed to treat various inflammatory skin conditions that are either already infected or likely to get infected. These include eczema and dermatitis of various types, psoriasis, lichen simplex, lichen planus and insect bite reactions.
The betamethasone is a potent (strong) steroid that reduces skin inflammation, while the neomycin is an antibiotic that treats bacterial infection.
It is often used in conditions that have not responded to milder steroid-based creams and ointments.
Betamethasone is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. It works by stopping skin cells releasing various inflammatory substances that make blood vessels widen and cause the skin to become red, swollen, itchy and painful. It reduces the swelling, redness and itching and so helps prevent scratching that can further irritate the skin.
Neomycin is an antibiotic medicine used to treat infections with bacteria. It works by causing bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins. This ultimately kills the bacteria and clears up any infection.