Skin Home > What Is Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream Used For?

Your healthcare provider may prescribe triamcinolone acetonide cream if you have inflammation or itching due to a skin condition. This medicine is specifically approved to treat skin conditions such as eczema, poison ivy, and psoriasis, among others. This steroid medicine works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Triamcinolone acetonide cream is approved for use in adults and children.

An Overview of Uses for Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream

Triamcinolone acetonide cream (Kenalog® cream) 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:
Triamcinolone acetonide cream is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This cream spreads and rubs into the skin easily, and does not leave a greasy film. However, in some situations, the ointment form of the medication (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) might be more appropriate.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Triamcinolone acetonide cream 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. Triamcinolone acetonide cream works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream?

Children can use triamcinolone acetonide cream. 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 triamcinolone acetonide cream.
In general, if this cream 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.
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