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What Is Desonide Ointment Used For?

If you have certain skin problems like eczema or poison ivy, your healthcare provider may prescribe desonide ointment. Other approved uses include treating psoriasis, dermatitis, and seborrhea. This medicine works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Desonide ointment is not approved for use in children, and there are currently no off-label uses for this product.

An Overview of Uses for Desonide Ointment

Desonide ointment (DesOwen®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Desonide is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This medicine comes in three forms, including a cream, an ointment, and a lotion. The ointment is greasier, while the lotion and cream are easier and less messy to apply.

How Does It Work?

Desonide ointment is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which 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. Desonide ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Desonide Ointment?

Desonide ointment is not approved for use in children. However, other forms of desonide (specifically, desonide gel or desonide foam) are approved for treating atopic dermatitis in children as young as three months old.
Children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using desonide ointment.
In general, if desonide ointment or any other topical steroid is to be applied to the diaper area, diapers or "plastic pants" should not be used, as they may increase the absorption of the drug.
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