KenalogKenalog (Triamcinolone) is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. It is also used to relieve the discomfort of mouth sores.
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions. It is also used to relieve the discomfort of mouth sores.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
Kenalog comes in ointment, cream, lotion, liquid, and aerosol (spray) in various strengths for use on the skin and as a paste for use in the mouth. It usually is applied two to four times a day. For mouth sores, it is applied at bedtime and, if necessary, two or three times daily, preferably after meals. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use triamcinolone exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply it to other areas of your body or wrap or bandage the treated area unless directed to do so by your doctor.
Wash or soak the affected area thoroughly before applying the medicine, unless it irritates your skin. Apply the ointment, cream, liquid, or lotion sparingly in a thin film and rub it in gently.
To use the lotion or liquid on your scalp, part your hair, apply a small amount of the medicine on the affected area, and rub it in gently. Protect the area from washing and rubbing until the lotion or liquid dries. You may wash your hair as usual but not right after applying the medicine.
To apply an aerosol, shake well and spray on the affected area holding the container about 3 to 6 inches away. Spray for about 2 seconds to cover an area roughly the size of your palm. Take care not to inhale the vapors. If you are spraying near your face, take measures to cover your eyes.
To apply the paste, press a small amount on the mouth sore without rubbing until a thin film develops. You may need to use more paste if the mouth sore is large. If the mouth sore does not begin to heal within 7 days, call your doctor.
Avoid prolonged use of Kenalog on the face, in the genital or rectal areas, and in skin creases and armpits unless directed to do so by your doctor.
If you are using triamcinolone on your face, keep it out of your eyes.
Do not apply cosmetics or other skin preparations on the treated area without talking with your doctor.
If you are using triamcinolone on a child's diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Such use may increase side effects or create other symptoms.
If your doctor tells you to wrap or bandage the treated area, follow these instructions:
What special precautions should I follow while taking Kenalog?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using triamcinolone topical?
- Soak the area in water or wash it well.
- While the skin is moist, gently rub the medication into the affected areas.
- Cover the area with plastic wrap (such as Saran Wrap or Handi-Wrap). The plastic may be held in place with a gauze or elastic bandage or adhesive tape on the normal skin beside the treated area. (Instead of using plastic wrap, plastic gloves may be used for the hands, plastic bags for the feet, or a shower cap for the scalp.)
- Carefully seal the edges of the plastic to make sure the wrap adheres closely to the skin. If the affected area is moist, you can leave the edges of the plastic wrap partly unsealed or puncture the wrap to allow excess moisture to escape.
- Leave the plastic wrap in place as long as directed by your doctor. Usually plastic wraps are left in place no more than 12 hours each day.
- Cleanse the skin and reapply the medication each time a new plastic wrapping is applied. Do not discontinue treatment abruptly without talking to your doctor.
Return to your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse. Triamcinolone topical alone will not treat the condition if it is a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection.
Kenalog is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether triamcinolone topical will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. If it is necessary to use triamcinolone during pregnancy, the smallest amount possible should be applied, for the shortest time necessary to treat the condition, under the supervision of a doctor.
It is not known whether triamcinolone passes into breast milk. Do not use triamcinolone topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Use triamcinolone topical cautiously, and only under the supervision of a doctor, to treat a child. Children are more sensitive to the effects of triamcinolone topical.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose of Kenalog as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although the side effects from triamcinolone are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- drying or cracking of the skin
- change in skin color
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?
- severe skin rash
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- skin infection (redness, swelling, or oozing of pus)
Keep Kenalog in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it according to the package instructions. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Do not use it to treat other skin conditions. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medications.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
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