Vital information about Triamcinolone acetonide cream – uses and side effects

Triamcino acetonide cream is a topical steroid and is used to reduce the inflammation in the body caused by the actions of chemicals. It is used on the skin to relieve the redness, swelling, itching and discomfort caused by many skin problems such as,

  • Psoriasis – a skin disorder where the area of skin becomes raised, rough and red with dry, itchy, silvery scales.
  • Eczema – an itchy skin condition where the affected areas may become red, swelled, ooze out fluid, form a crust which leads to scaling of the skin.
  • Itching on the anus or vulva
  • Inflammation of the external part of the ear
  • Dermatitis or other skin diseases

These are only some of the conditions for which Triamcino acetonide cream is used for. You doctor may have prescribed it for some other purpose and you can always ask about why it has been prescribed to you.

How does Triamcino acetonide cream provide relief?

Triamcino acetonide cream is cortisone and belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids. It is available as a cream and an ointment too. Triamcino acetonide 0.02% is the active ingredient in the cream along with some other inactive ingredients such as benzyl alcohol, wax-emulsifying, isopropyl palmitate, glycerol, sorbitol, lactic acid and purified water. All of these ingredients play a role in the relief that Triamcino acetonide cream provides to the inflamed skin area.

How should Triamcino acetonide cream be used?

Triamcino acetonide cream should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Avoid using larger or smaller quantities or for a longer period than recommended by your physician. Following the directions on the prescription label will help too.

Wash your hands before and after the use of Triamcino acetonide cream unless it is being used to treat the skin of hands. Apply an appropriate amount of the cream to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Avoid any contact of Triamcino acetonide cream with the face, near your mouth, or on body areas where you have folds of skin.

After application, the affected areas should not be covered with a bandage or any other sort of covering unless your doctor has told you to. If you are using it on your baby on the diaper area, do not use plastic pants or tight fitting diapers as covering the skin to which Triamcino acetonide cream is applied leads to greater absorption of the cream which may result in unwanted side effects. Following your doctor’s advice is always important to achieve the best outcome possible form the use of the drug.

When to not use Triamcino acetonide cream?

If your doctor has prescribed you to use Triamcino acetonide cream, you should keep in mind to tell him about certain factors which may hinder with the safe use of the drug.

  • If you are allergic to triamncinolone;
  • If you are suffering from any skin infection, especially tuberculosis infection of the skin;
  • If you have chicken pox or herpes infection;
  • If you are diabetic;
  • If you have a stomach ulcer
  • If you are pregnant or are planning to;
  • If you breast feed your baby

You should not use Triamcino acetonide cream on your baby prior to consulting a doctor as children are more sensitive to the effects of triamcinolone.

Side effects of Triamcino acetonide cream

As all drugs have side effects, so does Triamcino acetonide cream, but in most cases they are not serious. Some of the side effects include itching or irritation, redness or a rash and blisters and inflammation under bandages or dressings if they are being used.

Very rarely, the skin may become thin or weak and pigmented by the prolonged use of Triamcino acetonide cream.

Consult your doctor if you experience any of the symptoms listed above or any other symptoms so that they can be evaluated immediately.









Michelle M

Conducting research in a laboratory can often feel isolated so Lisa prefers writing about scientific research in healthcare. She contributes stories about the latest research in all fields related to health. Email: lisa@askhealthnews.com

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