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Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment Side Effects

Generic Name: zinc oxide topical

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of zinc oxide topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment.

For the Consumer

Applies to zinc oxide topical: topical application cream, topical application dressing, topical application gel/jelly, topical application lotion, topical application ointment, topical application paste, topical application powder, topical application spray

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by zinc oxide topical (the active ingredient contained in Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

Major Side Effects

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking zinc oxide topical:

Incidence not known:
  • hives
  • itching
  • skin rash

Minor Side Effects

Some of the side effects that can occur with zinc oxide topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Incidence not known:
  • Worsening of diaper rash

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to zinc oxide topical: compounding powder, rectal suppository, topical cream, topical dressing, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical paste, topical powder, topical spray, topical stick


In general, side effects associated with zinc oxide topical (the active ingredient contained in Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment) have been reported rarely.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Pinxav (zinc oxide topical)." EmJay Labs Inc, Cleveland, OH.

Not all side effects for Desitin Creamy Diaper Rash Ointment may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

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