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Kenalog Ointment Side Effects

Burning, itching, and irritation of the skin are some of the possible side effects of Kenalog ointment. Although most reactions to this skin ointment tend to be minor, there are serious problems that can occur during treatment. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop hives, infections, fluid retention, or other potentially serious problems.

An Introduction to Kenalog Ointment Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Kenalog® ointment (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Kenalog ointment. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Reported Side Effects of Kenalog Ointment

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including Kenalog ointment, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
Based on this limited information, the most common side effects of Kenalog ointment may include:
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Sweating
  • Acne
  • Skin lightening
  • Tiny red bumps around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Softening and whitening of the skin (maceration)
  • Infection
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • A sweat rash ("prickly heat" or miliaria).

Kenalog Ointment Information

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