Overview
Desonate is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1972. Desonate is used to treat skin inflammation associated with psoriasis and various other skin conditions. Desonate is also known by its drug name Desonide.

Desonide is a low-potency corticosteroid. It is believed that desonide works in cases of psoriasis by suppressing immune system activity.

How do I take it?
Desonide is applied topically to the affected areas in the form of a lotion, cream, ointment, or foam two or three times a day. Apply desonide at the same times each day. Shake the container well before applying.

Side effects... read more

Side effects of desonide may include painful stinging or burning, itching, redness, and dryness. These symptoms are likely to ease after a few days, when your body becomes accustomed to the drug.

The risk for serious side effects of desonide or other topical corticosteroids increase with the potency of the drug, prolonged use, use over larger areas of skin, and adding bandages or other covering (occlusion) after applying the medication. Like systemic corticosteroids, serious side effects may include weight gain, mood or vision changes, fatigue, puffy face, trouble sleeping, and, in children, slowed growth.

Notify your doctor if you experience acne, thinning of the skin, new stretch marks, discoloration, unusual hair growth, or infections in the hair follicles (folliculitis) while taking desonide. desonide may cause existing skin infections to become worse.

For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to topical corticosteroids during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at MothertoBaby.org.

Desonate (Desonide) Questions

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