What Is Desonide Foam Used For?
Desonide foam is prescribed to treat atopic dermatitis in adults and children as young as three months old. It is a type of steroid and works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. In some cases, a healthcare provider may recommend desonide foam for off-label uses, such as treating contact dermatitis, poison ivy, and psoriasis.
An Overview of Uses for Desonide FoamDesonide foam (Verdeso®) is a prescription skin medication approved for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in individuals age three months and older. It is a unique foam formulation of desonide, which is also available as a gel, cream, ointment, and lotion, and is designed to be moisturizing and nonstinging without leaving a sticky residue.
Atopic dermatitis is a type of skin rash that usually develops in early childhood and continues into the teen years. The term "atopic" refers to a tendency to develop allergy conditions, and the term "dermatitis" means swelling of the skin. Atopic dermatitis, which is not contagious, is often referred to as eczema, which is a general term for several types of skin inflammation. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type. However, several types have similar symptoms.
The most common symptoms of atopic dermatitis are dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet.
Scratching and rubbing in response to itching will:
- Increase inflammation
- Irritate the skin
- Increase itchiness.
The goals of atopic dermatitis treatment are to heal the skin and prevent flareups. Current treatment options include:
- Topical steroids (like desonide foam)
- Topical immunomodulators
- Oral medications
- Ultraviolet light therapy.
To avoid undesirable or even dangerous side effects, topical steroids should be used for only a short period. Desonide foam should not be used for more than four weeks at a time.