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Can I use desonide foam if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, tell your doctor if he prescribes desonide foam (Verdeso), a prescription medicine for treating itchy, scaly skin that's applied topically (rubbed onto the skin). This medication, which is a corticosteroid, hasn't been tested in pregnant women enough to know how it might affect a developing fetus, so before you use it you and your doctor should discuss whether the benefits of doing so outweigh the possible risks.

You should also talk to your doctor before using desonide foam if you're breastfeeding. When corticosteroids are swallowed, they can pass into breast milk and interfere with a nursing baby's growth, among other potential side effects. Although it's not known if topical corticosteroids can get into breast milk, you and your doctor should decide together if using desonide foam is worth the risk. If you do use this medication, do not rub it on or near your chest where your child might accidently get it in his mouth while breastfeeding, and be sure to wash your hands after applying it and before handling your baby.

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