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Desonide Ointment Side Effects

Because desonide ointment is an older medication, there is only vague information about its possible side effects. Desonide ointment is most commonly reported to cause burning and stinging of the skin. Other possible reactions to this ointment include dryness, redness, and scaliness. Although these problems are typically minor and easy to treat, contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop severe swelling, hallucinations, or infections.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Desonide Ointment

Just like any medicine, desonide ointment (DesOwen®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with desonide ointment. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Desonide Ointment Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of this drug are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or diabetes
  • Infections
  • Ruptured tendons
  • Psychotic reactions, such as hallucinations or extreme aggression
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe fluid retention
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
In general, these serious reactions are unlikely to occur when desonide ointment is used as directed for a short period of time. Applying too much of the medicine over too large of an area, for an extended period of time, may increase the risk for serious steroid side effects.
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