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Used desonide for baby eczema for the last 2 weeks. How long should I take a break before resuming?

Used desonide for baby eczema for the last 2 weeks.  How long should I take a break before resuming?

2 weeks: If you have been using desonide twice daily for 2 weeks, you should take a break for at least 2 weeks before resuming. As a rule of thumb, 2 weeks is the maximum number of days in a row to use twice daily topical steroids. If you are using topical steroids only once daily, then you may use them for a month. Use caution on the face and genital regions with topical steroids (can thin skin). ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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I have a baby with face eczema. I used desonide for a week, but the eczema is back. Is something else safer or better?

I have a baby with face eczema.  I used desonide for a week, but the eczema is back.  Is something else safer or better?

Frequent Vaseline: Eczema on the body and face is in most cases transient and doesn't leave life long scars in most babies. Eczema occurs due to the skin becoming dry. Some important things to do: 1. Apply vaseline/eczema ointments 4-6 times per day 2. Use luke warm water for baths 3. Don't put soaps in the water for bathing as it leaches fat from the skin. 4. Use small amounts of aveno baby wash/dove soap. ...Read more

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My baby has face eczema. I used desonide for a week but it is back. Is aclovate safer or better?

My baby has face eczema. I used desonide for a week but it is back. Is aclovate safer or better?

Chronic: Eczema is chronic and will recur. I recommend avoiding harsh soaps which will dry the skin, use aquaphor or vanicream to protect your baby's skin throughout the day and desonide to keep it controlled, preferably no more than 3 times a week. It gets better over time! also, eczema makes skin more susceptible to infections so if it persists, see your dr. ...Read more

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Is desonide 0.05% cream safe to apply on chin for eczema? How long is considered safe? Any different from lotion form? Which is better?

Is desonide 0.05% cream safe to apply on chin for eczema? How long is considered safe? Any different from lotion form? Which is better?

Desonide: Fluorinated steroids are not good to use on the face because of their strength and resultant side effects. However desonide is not a fluorinated steroid and is low potency. It is safe to use but all medicines have side effects so the least effective amount for the shortest time is best. All treatment is a balance between the good effects of treatment and the adverse effects of treatment. ...Read more

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Hi. My 4mons old baby had rashes during her 1st mons and was prescribed Desowen by her ped. It relieved the rashes only for a day. Can i use caladryl?

Hi. My 4mons old baby had rashes during her 1st mons and was prescribed Desowen by her ped. It relieved the rashes only for a day. Can i use caladryl?

Eczema: It appears your baby has dry skin condition and calydryl OTC not as effective as Desonide that you have and lubrication i.e. aquafor, aveeno. Sometimes, if itching arises affecting eating or sleep one can add OTC Benadryl 2 ml/cc orally every 8 hrs or at night. If it starts to ooze or scab, make virtual appt with health tap, welcome from Dr. Ivy Fisher ...Read more

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It's okay to use desonide 0.05% cream on my 6 month old baby's diaper rash right?

It's okay to use desonide 0.05% cream on my 6 month old baby's diaper rash right?

No : Steroid cream should never be used on a baby's diaper rash - or anywhere on a baby's skin without first seeing a doctor for diagnosis. Diaper rash is best treated by zinc oxide creams - put them on VERY THICK. You are not rubbing them in to treat the rash, rather, you are creating a barrier to prevent further irritation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use desonide ointment 0.05% on my eyelids (eye area) for long time? (forever as skin condition is concerned)?

Is it safe to use desonide ointment 0.05%  on my eyelids (eye area) for long time? (forever as skin condition is concerned)?

Eye Pressure check!: Desonide is a topical corticosteroid that may cause your intraocular pressure to increase, resulting in glaucomatous nerve damage. If you need to use the ointment long-term, see an ophthalmologist after two weeks of use to determine if your eye pressure rises, and obtain a baseline visual field study along with a complete eye exam. Untreated, glaucoma will lead to vision loss and blindness. ...Read more

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Will desonide cure eczema?

Will desonide cure eczema?

Can help!: Desonide is a topical steroid cream that is used in certain dermatological conditions, and yes, eczema is one of them! keep in mind though that eczema is a chronic, recurring condition so it isnt tru;y a cure, but a treatment to keep it under control. Also, using mild soaps like dove, and thick moisturizing creams daily, like eucerin or cetaphil will also help keep your eczema under control. ...Read more

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Possible to use without side effects --desonide?

Possible to use without side effects --desonide?

Yes: Desonide is a mild topical steroid often used for steroid-responsive skin diseases in more sensitive skin areas like the face. It should be used intermittently with breaks to avoid any side effects like skin color changes (light and dark), skin thinning, stretch marks, and scarring. As long as you are using it properly, you are not likely to have problems or side effects. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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