What Is Desonide Gel Used For?
If you have a rash on your face, behind the knees, or inside the elbows, you may have atopic dermatitis. Desonide gel is a steroid licensed for the treatment of this problem. It is approved for people over the age of three months. If your child has a diaper rash, you may be tempted to use desonide gel for this purpose; however, this is unsafe.
Desonide gel (Desonate®) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in individuals age three months and older.
Atopic dermatitis is a type of skin rash that usually develops in early childhood and continues into the teen years. The term "atopic" refers to a tendency to develop allergy conditions, and the term "dermatitis" means swelling of the skin.
Atopic dermatitis, which is not contagious, is often referred to as eczema, which is a general term for several types of skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. However, several types of eczema have similar symptoms.
The most common symptoms of atopic dermatitis are dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
Scratching and rubbing in response to itching will:
- Irritate the skin
- Increase inflammation
- Increase itchiness.
The goals of atopic dermatitis treatment are to heal the skin and prevent flare-ups. Current treatment options include:
- Topical steroids (like desonide gel)
- Topical immunomodulators
- Oral medications
- Ultraviolet light therapy.
Topical steroids should be used for only a short period in order to avoid undesirable or even dangerous side effects. Desonide gel should not be used for more than four weeks at a time.