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Dosing for Desonide Gel

The standard starting dosage for desonide gel (Desonate) for treating atopic dermatitis in people age three months and older is a small amount applied twice daily. Gently rub the gel into the skin, being careful not to damage the irritated skin. Wash your hands after applying the gel, unless you are treating your hands.
 
In general, you should stop using Desonate once the atopic dermatitis is under control. If no improvement is seen within four weeks, your healthcare provider may need to reconsider your diagnosis. Do not use Desonate for more than four weeks at a time. Although it is effective, it cannot be used on a long-term basis, due to the increased risk of side effects.
 

General Information on Using Desonide

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with desonide include the following:
 
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) two to three times a day (for the lotion, ointment, or cream) or twice a day (for the foam or gel).
     
  • Apply your desonide dosage sparingly. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
     
  • It is not recommended to use a nonbreathable dressing, such as a bandage, over desonide.
     
  • When using the lotion, be sure to shake the bottle well before each use.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or desonide dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     

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