Desonide .05 (also known as Desonide 0.05) is a topical corticosteroid that comes in multiple forms and is used to treat many ailments that can affect the human skin. The four forms it is used in are lotion, ointment, cream, and gel, and each of these primarily excels at helping ease inflammation or itching for the user. This article will discuss each of the four forms in greater detail, as well as go into some of the side effects that a small minority of people may experience.
The initial thing to know when using the product is that it is only meant for the skin. It is not to be ingested and allowed to get into the eyes or mouth. Typically, it will only be used for a couple weeks, due to the issues that can arise when using any topical corticosteroid for an extended period of time on a daily basis. Any skin area treated with desonide, in any form, should not be wrapped or covered after application unless the physician directing you to do so has given you specific instructions to do so. As with any new skin topical, it is a wise idea to patch test a small area of skin with the medication before application to a more sensitive location, especially the face. This precaution is done to verify that there are no pre-existing allergies that will cause even more irritation to the skin.
Due to the similarities in application between lotion and cream I will discuss the desonide cream uses together with desonide lotion uses. These forms of desonide are typically used for treatment cases that require a larger area of skin to be treated. Such cases would include poison ivy, psoriasis (an autoimmune disease of the skin), various forms of eczema, and various forms of dermatitis. All of these problems have multiple things in common: they cause high-levels of irritation, dry skin, redness, inflammation, and itching. These are all things that desonide 0.05 lotion or desonide 0.05 cream are proven to treat and calm.
When it comes to applying the lotion or cream, make sure to thoroughly wash hands and shake the container (if using lotion) to keep it adequately mixed. After this, simply apply it like any other lotion. Put the desired, or recommended, amount into your hands and rub evenly into the appropriate area of skin until absorbed. Since the skin is already suffering and irritated, always be sure to be extremely gentle when rubbing the lotion or cream into the skin, to the point where the surface of the skin is barely being felt by the surface of the fingertips. Ultimately, let the skin itself absorb the desonide solution, rather than trying to aggressively rub the skin dry during application.
A third form of this medication is the desonide ointment 0.05. The desonide ointment uses the same base ingredients as the aforementioned lotion and cream, but the application process and area size of application will vary. Where cream and lotion excel at covering larger areas of skin, desonide ointment (as well as desonide gel) is optimal for smaller, or more precise, areas. In areas where hair is present the ointment or gel is also preferred and much easier to apply. When applying the ointment or gel, only a thin layer should be left on the skin when finished, and then left to breathe and absorb on its own, uncovered.
Desonide Side Effects
When it comes to the side effects of this primarily prescription-only medication, there is much to know. The first precaution to know about when it comes to desonide side effects is that women who are pregnant or nursing should refrain from using desonide in any of its forms unless they choose to do so under guidance by a doctor. Another thing to avoid is the use of any other cleansers or medications for the skin, especially any medications that also have a corticosteroid in their ingredient list. Any medical or surgical procedures should be avoided, and if that is not possible, the doctor or dentist should be alerted to the concurrent desonide regimen.
The side effects themselves are usually minor, if existent at all. In controlled clinical trials, the total amount of people who experienced side effects was around 8%. Of this 8%, 3% of them experienced stinging/burning upon application, with a mixture of the remaining 5% experiencing more irritation, worsening of pre-existing ailment, skin peeling, itching, dryness, inflammation, and/or dermatitis.
A desonide regimen should never last longer than two weeks, especially when the application is to a large area of skin. Absorption of the product into the body is not desired whatsoever and the risk of that goes up substantially if used too much and for too long. This warning is applicable especially for children or infants, who are much more susceptible to the adverse effects of absorption, as well as absorption itself (due to the ratio of skin surface area/body mass).
Any kind of topical overdose (which is the only kind of overdose that should be able to happen with appropriate use) is never life-threatening. Overdose effects may result in the skin of the treated area thinning, or becoming bruised more easily. Increased acne, facial hair, or menstrual problems are also possible. Although overdosing is important to avoid, it is also critical to avoid coming to an abrupt stop of desonide treatment in order to prevent a renewed flare-up of the original problem.
With all that said, if desonide is used appropriately and responsibly it can be essentially a magic potion to many of those with serious skin issues. Desonide can be what finally puts a stop to skin problems that seem impossible to conquer any other way. Whether someone uses the desonide cream 0.05, desonide lotion 0.05, or the desonide ointment/gel form, there is a good chance it can help them quickly, and safely, clear up a problematic skin condition with a lack of any side effects.
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