Desonide is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Desonide topical (for the skin) is used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as allergic reactions, eczema, and psoriasis.

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  • Less common
    Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
    burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at the application site
    flushing or redness of the skin
    itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
    peeling of the skin
    raised, dark red, wart-like spots on the skin, especially when used on the face
    stinging and burning
    unusually warm skin
    Incidence not known
    Redness and scaling around the mouth
    thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g., between the fingers)
    Some of the side effects that can occur with desonide topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Body aches or pain
    difficulty with breathing
    ear congestion
    loss of voice
    nasal congestion
    runny nose
    sore throat
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Less common
    Cold flu-like symptoms
    noisy breathing
    shortness of breath
    tender, swollen glands in the neck
    tightness in the chest
    trouble with swallowing
    voice changes
    Incidence not known
    Acne or pimples
    burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
    burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
    lightening of normal skin color
    lightening of treated areas of dark skin
    reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • (topical cream, topical ointment, topical lotion, topical kit, topical gel, topical foam, compounding powder)