Desonate is a skin gel used to treat atopic dermatitis, a skin condition commonly referred to as eczema. It belongs to a group of drugs known as corticosteroids ("steroids"). To use this medication, apply a small amount to the affected area twice daily. Although most people tolerate this product well, side effects are possible and may include things such as burning, itching, or a rash.
Desonate® (desonide gel) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids and is used to treat mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in people age three months and older. Atopic dermatitis is commonly referred to as "eczema."
How Does It Work?Desonate 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 or immune-suppressing properties. Desonate works for atopic dermatitis by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Desonate include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day.
- Apply Desonate sparingly and gently rub it in. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
- Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage.
- For this product to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.