Desonide (topical)

Desonide is a topical application for the treatment and relief of symptoms of certain skin conditions.

Overview

Desonide is a topical application that is used to relieve the symptoms of certain skin conditions. The symptoms relieved include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Discomfort

Desonide is used in the treatment of conditions such as atopic dermatitis. It is a corticosteroid treatment.

Desonide is available from a wide range of brands including the following:

  • Verdeso
  • Tridesilon
  • LoKara
  • Desowen
  • Desonate

The treatment is applied to the skin and comes in a range of forms including the following:

  • Gel
  • Jelly
  • Cream
  • Foam
  • Ointment
  • Lotion

Condition treated

  • Skin conditions, symptoms of

Type Of Medicine

  • Corticosteroid

Side Effects

In addition to the desired side effects of use of any medication, it is possible for unwanted side effects to occur. While patients may not experience all side effects, in some cases where they do they may be required to seek medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following side effects from the use of Desonide:

  • Blistering of the skin
  • Burning of the skin
  • Crusting of the skin
  • Dryness of the skin
  • Easy bruising of the skin
  • Flaking of the skin
  • Flushing or increased redness of the skin
  • Irritation
  • Itching of the skin
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Raised spots on the skin with a wart-like appearance. These occur more commonly when used on the face
  • Redness around the mouth
  • Scaling around the mouth
  • Scaling of the skin
  • Severe redness of the skin
  • Soreness of the skin
  • Stinging and burning sensations
  • Swelling of the skin
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Unusual warmth of the skin

Patients may also experience unwanted side effects that would not normally require them to seek medical attention. These side effects may be mild and may not be indicative of the development of further medical problems. If these side effects are ongoing or become bothersome, however, then you can consult your doctor for advice on how to alleviate these side effects:

  • Acne
  • Appearance of pimples
  • Appearance of pinhead-sized red blisters
  • Body aches
  • Body pains
  • Burning and itching of the skin
  • Burning, itching or pain in hairy areas of skin
  • Chills when warm
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Congestion
  • Congestion of the ear
  • Congestion of the nasal passage
  • Coughing
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Feverishness
  • Headaches
  • Hoarseness
  • Irritability or quickness to annoyance
  • Lightened appearance of treated areas of darker skin
  • Lightened skin coloration
  • Loss of voice
  • Overly audible breathing
  • Red or purple lines appearing on the arms, face, legs, trunk or groin
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath without exertion
  • Sneezing
  • Soreness of the throat
  • Swollen and tender glands in the neck
  • Tightness across the chest
  • Trouble in swallowing
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Unusual weakness
  • Visible pus at the root of the hair
  • Voice changes
  • Wheezing

Other side effects that have not been listed herein may also occur from the use of this medication. If you experience any other side effects then you should contact your healthcare professional for advice. If you believe your health to be at immediate risk, however, then you should seek urgent medical attention.

Dosage

This medication should only be used as directed by your doctor. You should not use it for longer than directed, should not use more of it than directs and should not use it more frequently than directed. Doing so can massively increase severity of side effects and lead to skin irritation that could be lasting.

This treatment should only ever be applied to the skin and should not be used in any orifices. Do not allow it to contact your eyes, mouth, nose, anus or vagina. You should not use it on broken skin either and must avoid cuts, burns and abrasions. If you do get it in any of these areas then you should rinse it off with water immediately and seek medical attention if irritation occurs.

The gel or jelly forms of this topical treatment should not be applied to the armpits or groin unless directed to by your doctor. If you are directed to then you should never use it in these locations for more than 4 weeks.

When using the cream, lotion, gel or ointment you should follow these instructions:

  • Wash your hands and the area to be treated thoroughly with soap before use.
  • Ensure affected area is properly dried before use.
  • Shake the treatment well before use (lotion only)
  • Apply a small amount of the treatment to the affected area and run in gently.
  • Allow treatment to dry before it makes contact with clothing or anything that may rub against it.
  • Do not wrap the skin or cover in any way unless you have been instructed to. Doing so will increase the amount of treatment absorbed into the skin.
  • If the treatment is being applied in the diaper region for an infant then you must not use tight fitting diapers when the cream is applied.

When using the foam treatment you should follow these instructions.

  • Wash your hands and the area to be treated thoroughly with soap before use.
  • Ensure affected area is properly dried before use.
  • Shake the treatment well before use
  • Put the foam into your hand instead of directly onto the skin and rub it gently into the affected area from your hand.
  • Apply a small amount of the treatment to the affected area and run in gently.
  • Allow treatment to dry before it makes contact with clothing or anything that may rub against it.
  • Do not wrap the skin or cover in any way unless you have been instructed to. Doing so will increase the amount of treatment absorbed into the skin.
  • Do not rinse the treated area after application.
  • Do not use this treatment near an open flame or when smoking.

The dose of this medication will be different for each individual and for each condition being treated. You should follow the dosing information given to you by your doctor only. The following dosing information is a guideline only:

When treating atopic dermatitis:

In the use of foam or gel:

  • Adults and teenagers 'Apply to the affected area of skin twice daily.
  • Children aged 3 months or more Apply to the affected area of skin twice daily.
  • Children under 3 month 'Use in children of this age must be determined by the prescribing doctor in each case.

When treating redness, swelling and itching of the skin:

In the use of cream, lotion and ointment:

  • Adults ' Apply to the affected area 2-3 times daily.
  • Children Use in children must be determined by the prescribing doctor in each case.

If a dose is missed then you should use it as soon as possible. If, however, you are close to your next dose being due then you should skip the missed dose and return to the usual dosing schedule.

Interactions

Some medications should not be used together under any circumstances. This is because they can interact with one another in the body and cause severe side effects. In some cases medications may stop one another from working or may expose you to increased risk of the occurrence of side effects. Before beginning treatment with these topical treatments you should inform your doctor of all other treatments you are using. You should also avoid the use of other treatments for the same condition unless approved for use in conjunction by your doctor.

The presence of other medical conditions from which you suffer may also affect the use of this treatment. Some treatments for one condition can make another condition worse so it is vital that you share your full medical history with your doctor before use. This include conditions that you have recovered from and stopped getting treatment for. You should inform your doctor if you have any other medical conditions and this is especially important in the following cases:

The following conditions may be worsened by use:

  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Intracranial hypertension

Side effects from the following conditions may be increased by use:

  • Infection of the skin
  • Large sores
  • Broken skin
  • Severe injury of the skin

Other medical conditions not listed herein may also impact the use of this treatment. You should share your full medical history with your doctor before use.

Warnings

Before beginning use of this treatment you should understand the risks of use in relation to the benefits of use. You should weigh all of the factors including the following with your doctor:

Allergies 'You should inform your doctor of any allergic reactions that you have had in the past. This is particularly important if you have ever reacted badly to medications but you should inform them of all allergies from which you suffer.

Pediatric ' There have been no demonstrated limitations for the use of this topical treatment on children. Because of the treatment's toxicity level, however, caution should be carried out at all times. If you are using this treatment on a child then you must be especially careful to follow the instructions of the doctor. The treatment should never be covered when applied to a child as this may increase the absorption of the treatment and raise toxicity levels.

Geriatric' There are no known limitations to the use of this treatment in the elderly. Elderly patients are, however, more likely to suffer from other medical conditions that may limit the use of the treatment in the patient. Kidney, liver and heart problems may limit the use of this treatment.

Pregnancy ' There is a known risk to the use of this treatment in pregnant women. You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant and should consider the risks of use in relation to the benefits of use.

Breastfeeding 'The risk of nursing an infant during use of this treatment is unknown. You should discuss this with your doctor before you begin treatment.

Your doctor may need you to return after you have begun use of this treatment to assess the change to the condition. Your doctor may wish to adjust the dose and will need to look out for any unwanted side effects that may be occurring from use.

If symptoms do not begin to improve or if they begin to worsen after a few days of use then you will need to contact your doctor for a further check up. This could be a sign that the treatment is not suited to you.

If you use this treatment for a long period of time then there is a risk that you may develop problems of the adrenal gland. Symptoms of this include the following and should be reported to your doctor straight away:

  • Blurring of vision
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Increased thirstiness
  • Increased volume of urination
  • Irritability or quickness to annoyance
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Unusual weakness

If you develop new skin irritations form use then you should stop using this treatment straight away and should consult your doctor.

If you are using this treatment then you should inform your doctor before they carry out any tests or treatments on you. The use of the treatment may affect the results of tests and may prohibit certain treatments. You may be required to cease use before receiving any kind of surgery.

Do not apply skin care products or treatments to the areas being treated with Desonide.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children even when medication is prescribed for the child.

Do not keep the treatment once you have completed treatment. Discuss safe disposal with your doctor.

Medication should be stored in a sealed container at room temperature. Prevent from freezing and keep out of direct light. Keep in a cool dry place.

Foam treatments need to be kept away from extreme heat. Do not keep a foam canister in the car as it may be exposed to extreme heat and could explode. The canister should not be pierced or thrown onto a fire even when empty.

Summary

Desonide is a topical application that is used to relieve the symptoms of skin conditions. The treatment will help to relieve redness, swelling, itchiness and other symptoms of skin conditions.

The treatment should be applied to clean and dry skin immediately after washing your hands. Usual dosing will require application to the affected area either once or twice daily, but sometimes 3 applications may be ordered by your doctor.

The treatment should be applied only to the skin and should be kept away from all orifices and any broken skin. If you get the treatment in your mouth, eyes, vagina, anus or nose then you should wash it out immediately. You should also wash treatment off of broken or damaged skin immediately if it is applied.

This treatment should start to work after a few days, but if no change is seen or if the condition worsens then you should inform your doctor and stop use of the treatment.

Patients may suffer an allergic reaction to this treatment. To prevent this you should tell your doctor of all allergies from which you suffer before you begin treatment.

Patients should not put any other skin care products or cosmetics on the affected areas during the use of this treatment. Doing so may lead to further irritation and long-lasting side effects.