Doctors prescribe desonide cream to treat the swelling, itching and redness that characterize certain skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis, according to WebMD. Desonide cream comes in a kit that includes a topical corticosteriod and a moisturizing lotion, explains Drugs.com.
To use desonide cream, a patient applies the topical corticosteroid to the affected area as directed by his physician, states Drugs.com. He applies the moisturizing lotion as necessary to prevent dry skin.
During the first few days of use, stinging, itching, burning, dryness and irritation may occur, notes WebMD, but these symptoms normally dissipate as the body adjusts to the medication. Serious side effects to report to a doctor include acne, stretch marks, skin discoloration, excessive hair growth and folliculitis. Patients with allergic reactions, such as breathing difficulties, extreme dizziness, rash; or swelling of the face, throat or tongue, require immediate medical attention.