Different forms of Clobetasol
Clobetasol also comes as a cream, foam, lotion, gel/jelly, spray, solution, and shampoo. The ointment is thicker and greasier, so it's better for use on dry and flakey skin. The cream is preferred for oilier skin types. The solution is used to treat scalp conditions. The foam is used in the treatment of mild to moderate plaque psoriasis. The cream, lotion, and spray are indicated in moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, and the foam and shampoo are used to treat moderate to severe scalp psoriasis.
Alternatives to Clobetasol
Hydrocortisone is another corticosteroid medication indicated for treating eczema and psoriasis. It is a less potent steroid medication that can relieve redness, itching, and swelling. Hydrocortisone is available over-the-counter as it is less potent (strong) than Clobetasol.
Triamcinolone is indicated in the treatment of a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. Triamcinolone is also a corticosteroid and works by reducing inflammation in the skin hence relieving redness, swelling, and irritation.
The generic form of Fluticasone is sold as Cutivate and is also a corticosteroid. It contains fluticasone propionate (active ingredient), which treats swelling, itching, redness, and irritated skin. It is normally prescribed for itching and inflammation caused by skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and cutaneous lupus.
Desonide is a corticosteroid medication sold under multiple brand names. It works to relieve redness, swelling, and itching to treat inflammatory skin conditions. It is not available without a prescription and comes as a gel/jelly, ointment, cream, lotion, and foam.