Desonide Foam

Desonide foam is a medicine licensed to relieve the symptoms of atopic dermatitis. As a type of steroid, this medicated skin foam works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. It is applied on the affected areas of the skin twice daily for no longer than four weeks at a time. Potential side effects include reactions at the application site and coughing.

What Is Desonide Foam?

Desonide foam (Verdeso®) is a prescription skin medication. It is approved for the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis in people age three months and older. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids.
 
This alcohol-free foam is designed to be moisturizing and nonstinging without leaving a sticky residue.
 
(Click What Is Desonide Foam Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, desonide foam may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of desonide foam include but are not limited to:
 
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold)
  • Cough
  • Burning sensation at the application site.
 
(Click Desonide Foam Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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