Diprolene is the popular brand name of the prescription medicine Betamethasone, which is commonly prescribed as a part of alopecia areata treatment. Other brand names under which Betamethasone is retailed include:
Diprolene Action in alopecia areata Treatment
Diprolene is among the more potent type of corticosteroids recommended in alopecia areata treatment. It should be understood that the action of steroids like Diprolene does little in terms of directly stimulating hair growth. Instead, Diprolene is aimed at reducing the progression of the baldness pattern induced by alopecia areata. This balding condition is essentially an autoimmune disease; it doesn't have a defined pathology or triggering factor.
One of the few understood reasons for this condition is unregulated working of the immune system. Corticosteroids like Diprolene are aimed at restricting the activation of T-lymphocytes. These cells are over-activated when alopecia areata sets in. Thus, the progressive balding is often referred to as a result of enhanced response to T-cells.
Diprolene is available in various forms, including:
It has been found that even if Diprolene is not able to slow the progression of baldness, it is at least able to control the rashes and other inflammatory conditions that are associated with alopecia areata.
Diprolene Usage Tips
Extreme care should be taken when applying Diprolene. Being a potent steroid, the excessive application of this drug can induce discomfort in the form of a stinging sensation in the skin. The treatment area should never be wrapped with airtight dressings or adhesive bandages.
Diprolene ointment is also available for pediatric use, but its use among children should be minimal and under continuous parental and medical supervision. Unnecessary use of Diprolene or its unregulated, prolonged usage can cause slow uptake of this medication into the bloodstream, causing problems like high blood sugar.