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What Is Diflorasone Diacetate?

By Christina Whyte
Updated May 17, 2024
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Diflorasone diacetate is a corticosteroid which is applied topically to treat certain skin conditions that cause inflammation and itching, such as psoriasis or eczema. While it is generally a safe medication, diflorasone diacetate can cause some side effects, and people should take some precautions while using it. Some people may not be able to use this medication, or will need to be medically monitored while using it.

Usually, diflorasone diacetate is applied one to three times per day as a thin film, which should be massaged into the affected area to give even coverage. The area of application should not be bandaged or covered so that air cannot get to it, unless otherwise directed by a physician, since this can increase the effects of the medication and potentially cause adverse side effects. This medication should not be used in greater quantities or for longer than directed, or it may make the skin irritation worse or prevent healing.

The most common side effects of diflorasone diacetate use are dry skin, burning sensation, and itching. Less common and potentially more serious side effects include rash that resembles an acne breakout, peeling and cracking skin which was not present before treatment, excessive growth of hair or irritation of the hair follicles, skin discoloration, inflammation or swelling of the face, and allergic reaction. People who experience any of these symptoms, or any persistent or severe side effects, should discontinue use of corticosteroids and seek medical attention.

It is important that diflorasone diacetate is not ingested and does not get into the eyes. People who are applying this medication should wash their hands carefully after application. Only the person for whom diflorasone diacetate was originally intended should use this medication. A medical opinion should be sought before using diflorasone diacetate on a skin rash because it is not suitable for all skin conditions and may increase irritation and redness if misused.

Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or nursing an infant should discuss it with a doctor before using this medication. Corticosteroids should be used with serious caution in children because there is not adequate information on its effects on children, and there is some evidence that it may affect children's growth rate. The prescribing doctor needs to know about all medications a person is taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements, as well as recent and future vaccinations and any medical conditions, particularly tuberculosis, measles, chickenpox, or allergies.

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