Desitin Side Effects

With normal use, side effects are not likely to occur with Desitin. Problems, especially serious ones, are more likely to occur if the ointment is taken by mouth (which could happen with a young child or a pet). Potentially serious side effects of this ointment include fever or chills, watery diarrhea, fatigue, and coughing.

An Introduction to Desitin Side Effects

Desitin® products are unlikely to cause side effects. Even if side effects do occur, there are usually easily treated by you or your child's healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Desitin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Desitin side effects with you.)
 

Possible Side Effects of Desitin

Recognized side effects of zinc oxide skin products (such as Desitin) include:
 
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Dark discoloration of the skin.
     

Serious Side Effects

Desitin is very unlikely to cause serious side effects. Serious problems might be more likely to occur if Desitin is accidentally taken by mouth (as might occur with a young child or a pet). Taking any kind of ointment by mouth may cause pneumonia if the ointment is inhaled into the lungs.
 
Additionally, consuming a large amount of Desitin Creamy or Original ointment could cause zinc toxicity. Symptoms of zinc toxicity include:
 
  • A copper deficiency
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Kidney problems
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Chills and a fever
  • Yellow skin (jaundice) or yellow eyes
  • Mouth and throat irritation.
     
Finally, some people are very aware and concerned about the various ingredients commonly used in skin products. For instance, some people like to stay away from petrolatum products for various reasons. Be aware that Desitin contains petrolatum (as well as a variety of other inactive ingredients, depending on the particular product).
 
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