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Available by prescription only, Kenalog ointment is applied to the skin to treat various skin conditions. The ointment is a type of steroid and can help treat problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and allergic reactions. It primarily works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Common side effects may include skin irritation, such as burning or itching.

What Is Kenalog Ointment?

Kenalog® ointment (triamcinolone acetonide ointment) is a prescription skin ointment. It is a topical steroid used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.
(Click Kenalog Ointment Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Brand-name Kenalog ointment was made by Apothecon but is no longer available. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.

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.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Kenalog ointment include the following:
  • This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two to four times daily.
  • Apply only a thin film; applying a thick layer is unnecessary and wasteful.
  • If your healthcare provider recommends that you do so, you may apply a dressing over the ointment. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a recommendation for which type of dressing to use.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.
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