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Desoximetasone Topical



Desoximetasone topical is used to treat the redness, inflammation, itching or other discomfort caused due to skin conditions like allergic reactions, eczema (patch on skin which are rough and inflamed with blisters), dermatitis and plaque psoriasis (red, itchy, scaly patches on skin).

How it works

Desoximetasone belongs to the class of medications called as corticosteroids. It acts by reducing the action of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. 

Common side effects

Pain, Burning sensation, Skin irritation


Expert advice

  • Treated skin area should not be bandaged or covered unless advised by your doctor.
  • Exercise caution as excess absorption of desoximetasone in skin may cause Cushing’s syndrome (abdominal obesity, accumulation of fat over nape of neck, loss of fat over arms and legs, thinning and easy bruisability of skin), increased blood sugar, and excretion of glucose in urine in some patients.
  • You may need to undergo periodic evaluation as prolonged or excessive use of desoximetasone topical may lead to suppression of steroid production within the body, with serious consequences once it is stopped.
  • Desoximetasone topical is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, nostrils, mouth, armpit, groin or vagina. In case of accidental contact with your eyes, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek medical attention if any irritation persists.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to desoximetasone or any of its ingredients.

Frequently asked questions

Desoximetasone Topical

Q. Is desoximetasone a steroid?
Yes, desoximetasone is a corticosteroid.
Q. Is desoximetasone cream used for acne, eczema, poison ivy, ringworm or scabies?
Desoximetasone cream may be used to relieve itching and redness associated with eczema, poison ivy and ringworm. It is however not recommended for use in acne or scabies.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)