Desonide cream is the brand name of a prescription topical corticosteroid medication. Corticosteriod medications come in several forms (cream, spray, foam, etc.), but the word "topical" means that they are applied to the outside of the body, in this case the skin. Corticosteroids reduce inflammation, inhibit cell replication and can alleviate itching. Desonide cream is applied according to doctor's orders for a variety of skin ailments and conditions. It should be noted that Desonide is not a cure for skin conditions, but merely a treatment.
Desonide cream is used to treat the fairly common skin condition known as eczema. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that results in itchy rashes. The rashes are also accompanied by dryness, redness and flaky or crusty skin on the outer layer of the epidermis. Scarring may occur if a healing cut is reopened. Eczema is likely to occur on the flexor part of the joint, which include knuckles and wrists. There are nearly a dozen different kinds of eczema and it can affect all ages including infants.
Desonide helps reduce redness caused by rosacea, a chronic skin condition that occurs on the face. Rosacea can develop in both sexes, but predominately occurs in women. It is a cosmetic condition that typically does no harm, other than marring the appearance of the affected area. Rosacea typically affects the central part of the face, across the bridge of the nose and cheeks, and can spread to the forehead. In more severe cases red bumps or pustules can develop.
Desonide is also used to treat discomfort associated with skin allergies, regardless of the cause. Some common causes of skin allergies are metals such as nickel and gold, and certain fragrance ingredients like balsam of Peru.