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Desonide Side Effects

Common Side Effects

The reported common side effects of desonide appear to vary, depending on the particular product. Some of these differences may be real -- for instance, the foam formulation is probably less likely to cause stinging or burning than others. However, most differences are probably not real, and all desonide products would be expected to be equally likely to cause such side effects.
In general, commonly reported side effects include:
  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Contact dermatitis (an itchy, red rash caused by direct contact with an irritating substance)
  • Worsening of skin condition
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Itching
  • Intense, temporary redness
  • Dryness
  • Scaliness
  • Upper respiratory tract infection, such as the common cold
  • Cough
  • Viral infection
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Irritability
  • Sore throat
  • Weakening and thinning of the skin
  • Reactions at the application site, such as stretch marks, spider veins, or pigment changes.
In general, adverse reactions are more common when a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the medication. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so. Dressings are not usually recommended.

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the desonide 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 this medication. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to desonide, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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