The following are general instructions for using creams and ointments:
- First, wash the affected skin carefully, rinse away soap, and carefully pat dry. Do not rub the skin dry.
- To open the tube for the first time, you might need to use the point on the cap to break the seal.
- Squeeze out a small amount that is just enough to thinly cover the affected skin. A pea-sized amount is enough for minor skin irritation or an insect bite.
- Apply the cream or ointment evenly to the affected skin, in a thin layer.
- Gently massage the cream or ointment until it disappears.
The most important thing to remember is to use a small amount and apply it in a thin layer. This prevents too much of the medicine from being absorbed in your body, and lowers the chance of side effects.
Do not use more often unless your doctor or nurse tells you to. Do not use topical corticosteroids on your face, genitals, anus, or beneath your breasts unless your doctor or nurse tells you to. Also, do not use them on any raw or broken skin, or on skin that rubs against other skin. Do not cover the area with dressings such as bandages or gauze.