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Desonate is a topical steroid prescribed to treat several skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dermatitis. It is available in a few different forms, such as an ointment, lotion, and gel; however, they all work by decreasing inflammation and suppressing the immune system. Side effects are possible, and typically include skin irritation or burning.

What Is Desonide?

Desonide (Desonate®, DesOwen®, Verdeso®) is a prescription skin medication that comes in the form of a gel, foam, ointment, lotion, and cream. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids.
The ointment, lotion, and cream, all sold under the brand name DesOwen, are approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as:
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions.
The gel (Desonate) and foam (Verdeso) are approved to treat atopic dermatitis.
(Click What Is Desonide Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, desonide may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common side effects of desonide include:
  • Stinging and burning
  • Irritation
  • Contact dermatitis (an itchy, red rash caused by direct contact with an irritating substance)
  • Upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold
  • Cough.
(Click Desonide Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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