Kenalog Cream Side Effects

Although there is only vague information available about the possible side effects of most older medications, including Kenalog cream, some of the possible reactions to this drug may include burning, dryness, or acne. Most of these problems are typically easy to treat. However, notify your healthcare provider immediately if you are using Kenalog cream and develop symptoms such as fluid retention or difficulty breathing.

An Introduction to Kenalog Cream Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Kenalog® cream (triamcinolone acetonide cream) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Kenalog cream. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Reported Side Effects of Kenalog Cream

For many medications, the prescribing information carefully explains the exact percentage of side effects that were seen in clinical trials. However, the prescribing information for almost all older medications, including Kenalog cream, includes only vague information on potential side effects, with no percentages provided. Therefore, it can be difficult to know exactly how often the side effects occur.
Based on this limited information, the most common side effects of Kenalog cream may include:
  • A burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Dryness
  • Inflammation or infection of hair follicles (folliculitis)
  • Sweating
  • Acne
  • Skin lightening
  • Tiny red bumps around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Softening and whitening of the skin (maceration)
  • Infection
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Stretch marks
  • A sweat rash ("prickly heat" or miliaria).
In general, side effects are more likely to occur if a dressing, such as a bandage, is used to cover the cream. Do not use a dressing unless your healthcare provider specifically recommends that you do so.

Kenalog Cream Information

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