What is it?
Betamethasone 17-valerate is a topical corticosteroid medication used to treat certain skin conditions. It reduces
swelling, itching and redness of the skin. It may be found in topical creams, lotions, ointments, and powders as well
as in ear, nose and eye drops.
It belongs to the Group D type of corticosteroids.
How do I avoid it?
There are many types of cortisone products. An allergy to Betamethasone 17-valerate does not mean you are allergic
to all other forms of cortisones
Skin contact with Betamethasone 17-valerate is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to
products containing Betamethasone 17-valerate should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis.
The most common cause of allergic contact dermatitis from Betamethasone 17-valerate is corticosteroid creams. By
law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box
that contains it, so check the labeling of you skin care products and topical medications. If there is no information
ask your pharmacist. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of
You should alert your health care provider of this allergy so he does not prescribe this medication or cross-reacting
medications. Your physician may wish to further study this allergy by testing to several corticosteroids so that you
may use safer corticosteroids if necessary in the future.
• Anti-inflammatory products
• Topical medications
Other names for betamethasone-17-valerate:
• Ecoval 70
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
• Group D corticosteroids, including:
Note: Some research studies have shown that Group D cortisones can cross-react with Group B cortisones as well.
Please discuss the need to avoid these groups of cortisones with your physicians.
- Hydrocortisone valerate
- Hydrocortisone aceponate
- Clobetasone butyrate
- Clobetasol propionate
- Betamethasone 17- valerate
- Betamethasone dipropionate
- Fluocortolone hexanoate
- Fluocortolone pivalate
- Alclometasone dipropionate
- Mometasone furoate
- Diflorasone diacetate
- Fluticasone propionate
- Methylprednisolone aceponate
- Group B corticosteroids, including:
- Flurandrenolide (Cordran)
- Triamcinolone acetonide
- Triamcinolone diacetate
- Triamcinolone hexacetonide
- Triamcinolone benetonide
- Fluocinonide acetonide