Kenalog Ointment Uses
If you have psoriasis, eczema, or certain other skin conditions, a healthcare provider may prescribe Kenalog ointment. This medicine is a type of steroid and is specifically designed to treat inflammation and itching of the skin. It is approved for use in adults and children. Some possible "off-label," or unapproved, Kenalog ointment uses may include treating penile or labial adhesions.
What Is Kenalog Ointment Used For?Kenalog® ointment (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
Specifically, Kenalog ointment is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids (such as Kenalog). As an ointment, this product is somewhat greasy and may stain clothing. In many situations, the cream form of the medication (triamcinolone acetonide cream) is more appropriate.
How Does Kenalog Ointment Work?Kenalog ointment belongs to a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Kenalog ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Can Children Use It?
Children can use Kenalog ointment. However, children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Kenalog ointment.
In general, if this ointment is to be applied to the diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or "plastic pants," as they may increase the absorption of the drug. Breathable fabrics or diapers should be used.