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Desonide Gel Side Effects

Common Side Effects

Desonide gel has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, one group of people received desonide gel, while another group was given a placebo (a gel with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
In clinical trials, the most common reactions to desonide gel included:
  • Burning at the application site -- in up to 1 percent of people
  • Rash -- up to 1 percent
  • Itching -- up to about half a percent.
In general, side effects are more common when a dressing (such as a bandage) is used to cover the medication. Thus, using a dressing is not recommended.

Long-Term Desonide Gel Side Effects

Using steroids like desonide gel over a long time can cause a different set of side effects. These symptoms are most likely to be seen in people who use desonide gel over a large area of the body for a long time. These adverse reactions include:
  • Weight gain
  • Bulging eyes
  • Fluid retention
  • Osteoporosis
  • Loss of muscle
  • Fat deposits on the face and back (causing a round face and a fatty hump on the back of the neck)
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts
  • Stunted growth (in children).
Keep in mind that such problems are much more common with systemic steroids (taken by mouth or injection) and are probably quite rare with desonide gel, which is applied to the skin.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using desonide gel. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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