Triamcinolone acetonide cream

Triamcinolone acetonide cream is a prescription cream that is prescribed to treat several different types of skin conditions. These conditions include rashes, dermatitis, insect bites, allergies, poison ivy, and eczema. Triamcinolone acetonide cream is classified as a corticosteroid and its major purpose is to reduce itching, redness, inflammation, and swelling. The cream is applied topically, but triamcinolone acetonide cream should never be used on the face, under the arms, or around the groin area. It should only be used on the affected parts of your skin, and it’s safe to use the cream between two and four times a day, depending on doctor’s orders. While corticosteroids come in a variety of different forms (gels, lotions, ointments, and creams), creams are the most common form.

To use triamcinolone acetonide cream, you simply first clean the area you’re going to apply it to, then pat it dry. You then rub a small amount of the cream onto the affected area and the area around it in a thin layer (unless your doctor has told you to use more or less of the cream). How long you use the cream and how often you apply it all depends on your doctor’s orders and the severity of your condition. Covering the entire area with the cream will help your skin absorb it more quickly, but it can also make the side effects more pronounced.

After you’ve applied the triamcinolone acetonide cream, you should refrain from covering the area with bandages unless your doctor has said to do so. You should also avoid wearing very tight pants or putting a tight-fitting diaper on a baby after using the cream. Following using the cream, you’ll want to avoid taking a shower or bath for a short period of time so you don’t immediately wash off the cream you just applied.

There are a number of different side effects that triamcinolone acetonide cream can cause. This includes dryness, burning, itching, and skin irritation around the area on which you used the cream. This is especially likely the first two or three days of use since the body will still be getting used to the cream. Generally, after a few days, the side effects will have resolved themselves, and they are no real cause for concern unless they last longer.

However, triamcinolone acetonide cream can cause some skin infections to worsen and become infected. You may suddenly notice that your skin condition suddenly swells, become irritated, or develops more redness than before. If you notice these effects, contact your doctor. Likewise, you may notice sudden hair growth or hair loss around the area, the appearance of stretch marks, or changes in the appearance of your skin. These serious side effects are also signs that you should contact your doctor.

Note that you should never use triamcinolone acetonide cream near areas of your skin where there are open sores or that is already infected. The medication may not be safe for some who have immune system issues, blood circulation problems, or other medical conditions. Using triamcinolone acetonide cream as a long-term cream may cause your body to have difficulty dealing with physical stress such as that caused by illness or surgery.

Finally, note that triamcinolone acetonide cream can interact with some other drugs, so that it’s important to speak to your doctor about any other medications you’re taking. Because corticosteroids do come in other forms besides creams, it’s very important you do not end up taking multiple types of corticosteroids. Again, discuss all medication and treatments you’re taking or undergoing with your physician so that you do not end up with something that interacts with the triamcinolone acetonide cream.

Last updated on Jan 28th, 2010 and filed under Skin Care. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

6 Responses for “Triamcinolone acetonide cream”

  1. yvonne says:

    My doctor prescribed this ointment for a patch of dry skin above my upper lip….I read above and it says not to use on face ! So…should I continue to use it or not ??? by the way I am talking about triamcinolone acetonide ointment.

    • Ann says:

      I have used triamcinolone acetonide on my face (upper lip, cheeks and eyelids) with no adverse reactions. I only used the cream for short time, though (less than one week). It worked very well for me.

  2. Pat says:

    I have also used triamcinolone acetonide on each side of my nose (for about 2-3 days). It got rid of the dryness and itch but it comes back in about a month. However, there were no side affects. Only relief. So, I use it whenever I need to.

  3. Kelly says:

    The reason this is not to be used on the face is because it thins the skin and will cause little red veins to appear at the top of the dermis.

    • Denise says:

      I am totally confused now, my doctor prescribed this cream for my face and, I have noticed that my face is getting lighter then the rest of my body. My skin irritations have lessen but my face is totally lighter than my body. What should I do now?

  4. Rick says:

    I have been to the Dermatalogist for a rash on my cheeks which he says is Rosechia. He prescribed different creams and Tetrocyclene over a period of months but nothing worked very well. The Acetonide works better than anything else with no side effects I have noticed. Is there a real concern if no side effects are present?

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