Desonide

How It Works:

Desonide belongs to a class of medicines called topical corticosteroids. It activates certain chemicals in the body called lipocortins, which controls the release of certain substances responsible for causing inflammation (swelling, itching and redness) of skin.

Side Effects:

scaly, cough, irritation/burning of treated skin, lightened colour of treated skin, sore throat, nasal congestion, unusual tiredness or weakness., folliculitis, runny nose, difficulty with breathing, Dry, chills, ear congestion, acne, loss of voice, body aches or pain, fever, stretch marks, sneezing, peeling or itching skin, headache

Used For:

Desonide is used for treating symptoms of skin discomfort such as redness, itching and inflammation which may arise due to skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or allergic reactions.

Instructions:

  • Inform your doctor if you have/had diabetes, any conditions that affect the immune system such as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID), cushing's syndrome (condition caused by excess hormones), problems related to blood circulation.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use desonide for any other condition/skin problem which has not been examined by a doctor. 
  • Do not cover/wrap /apply bandage to the treated skin or do not use it on the groin or underarms, unless your doctor has advised to do so.
  • Do not wash or rinse the treated skin area directly after applying desonide.
  • Do not use desonide near an open flame, heat or while smoking.
  • Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated areas.
  • Consult your doctor if the symptoms do not improve or get worse after 2 weeks of treatment with desonide.
  • Inform your doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms while on desonide treatment: blurred vision; dizziness or fainting; a fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeat; increased thirst or urination; irritability; or unusual tiredness/weakness or if you develop symptoms of allergy (skin rash, burning, stinging, swelling, or irritation on the skin).
  • Use of desonide cream, lotion, and ointment in children, and the use of other formulations like desonide foam and gel in children below 3 months of age are not recommended for the risk of serious side-effects, however, if required it will be determined by the doctor.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is desonide safe during pregnancy?Desonide should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is it safe to use desonide during breastfeeding?Desonide should be used only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is desonide a steroid?Yes. Desonide belongs to a class of medicines called topical corticosteroids.
Q. Is desonide safe for face/eyelids?Desonide can be applied to the affected area on face by taking the medicine in hands and then gently rubbing it to the affected area of the face. It should not be used on eyes/area around eyes. Always follow the instructions of the doctor regarding its precise usage.
Q. Is desonide an antifungal/does it treat ringworm?No, desonide is not an antifungal medicine and it does not treat ringworm.
Q. Is desonide cream used for acne?No. Desonide is not used for treating acne. 
Q. Does desonide lighten skin/ thin skin?Desonide may cause lightening of treated skin as a side effect. It is known to cause skin thinning if used in overdose. Please follow your doctor’s instructions carefully about use of desonide.
Q. Is desonide cream safe for babies?Use of desonide cream, lotion, and ointment in children, and the use of other formulations like desonide foam and gel in children below 3 months of age are not recommended for the risk of serious side-effects, however, if required it will be determined by the doctor.
Q. Does desonide work? Is it safe?Desonide is safe and effective in treating symptoms of skin discomfort such as redness, itching and inflammation when used as per the dose and for the duration prescribed by a doctor.
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