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The different forms of desonide are used for different purposes. For example, the gel and foam are approved to treat atopic dermatitis, and the cream, lotion, and ointment treat poison ivy, eczema, psoriasis, and a few other conditions. Some forms are approved for use in children as young as three months old; however, the risks should be discussed with your child's healthcare provider.

An Overview of Uses for Desonide

Desonide (Desonate®, DesOwen®, Verdeso®) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in various forms, each of which is approved for different uses. Specifically, the cream, lotion, and ointment (DesOwen) are approved to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Such conditions include but are not limited to:
The gel (Desonate) and foam (Verdeso) are both approved to treat 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 allergic 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 have similar symptoms.

How Does Desonide Work?

Desonide is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid," for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory and immune-suppressing properties. Desonide works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
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