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A healthcare provider may recommend using Aclovate to help relieve the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, poison ivy, and various other skin conditions. This prescription skin medicine works by suppressing an overactive immune system and reducing inflammation. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as one year old.

What Is Aclovate Used For?

Aclovate® (alclometasone dipropionate) 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:
Specifically, Aclovate is approved to treat itching and inflammation due to any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids (Aclovate is a corticosteroid).

How Does It Work?

Aclovate 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. Aclovate works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.

Can Children Use Aclovate?

Aclovate is a relatively mild steroid and is approved for use in children one year of age and older for up to three weeks. It has not been adequately studied for use in young infants or for periods longer than three weeks for children.
As with all steroids, young children are more likely to absorb too much of this medication, perhaps leading to serious side effects. This is especially true if Aclovate is applied to the diaper area. Aclovate should not be applied to the diaper area, as the diaper acts like a bandage, which increases the absorption of the medication and the risk for serious side effects.
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