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If you have eczema, psoriasis, or certain other skin problems, you may benefit from Cutivate Cream. This prescription medicine is approved for use in adults and children as young as three months old. It works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. There are also several unapproved, or "off-label," uses for Cutivate Cream, such as treating vitiligo and penile or labial adhesions.

What Is Cutivate Cream Used For?

Cutivate Cream® (fluticasone propionate cream) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions in people age three months of age and older. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Specifically, this medicine is approved to treat any skin condition that responds to corticosteroids, including Cutivate Cream. For individuals who do not prefer cream medications, Cutivate is also available in the form of a lotion or an ointment (see Cutivate Lotion or Cutivate Ointment).

How Does This Medicine Work?

Cutivate Cream 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. Cutivate Cream works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Cutivate Cream?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as three months old. It is not approved to treat a diaper rash and should never be applied to the diaper area, as doing so can increase the risk for side effects. Children are at an increased risk for serious side effects of steroids. Cutivate Cream has been studied only for short-term use (four weeks or less) in children. It is unknown if longer use is safe or effective.
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