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Desonide Gel

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using desonide gel if you:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Desonide Gel to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Desonide gel is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids 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. Desonide gel works for atopic dermatitis by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

When and How to Use Desonide Gel

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with desonide gel include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day.
  • Apply desonide gel sparingly and gently rub it in. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
  • Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage.
  • For this product to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.

Desonide Gel Information

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