What Is Fluticasone Propionate Lotion Used For?
Fluticasone propionate lotion may help relieve inflammation and itching caused by atopic dermatitis. Specifically, this prescription medicine is approved to treat mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in adults and children as young as 1 year old. This lotion works by suppressing an overactive immune system and reducing inflammation. On occasion, fluticasone propionate lotion may be used off-label for treating poison ivy, seborrhea, or psoriasis.
Fluticasone propionate lotion (Cutivate Lotion®) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of inflammation and itching due to atopic dermatitis in adults and children as young as 1 year old.
Atopic dermatitis is a type of skin rash that usually develops in early childhood and continues into the teenage years. The term "atopic" refers to a tendency to develop allergy conditions, and the term "dermatitis" means swelling of the skin.
Atopic dermatitis, which is not contagious, is often referred to as eczema, which is a general term for several types of skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. However, several types have similar symptoms.
The most common symptoms of atopic dermatitis are dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
Scratching and rubbing in response to itching will:
- Irritate the skin
- Increase inflammation
- Increase itchiness.
The treatment goals for controlling atopic dermatitis include healing the skin and preventing flareups. Current treatment options include:
- Topical steroids (including fluticasone propionate lotion)
- Topical immunomodulators
- Oral medications
- Ultraviolet light therapy.
Topical steroids should be used for only a short period in order to avoid undesirable or even dangerous side effects. Fluticasone propionate lotion should not be used for more than four weeks at a time.