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Fluocinonide ointment is prescribed to treat various skin problems, such as poison ivy, eczema, and dermatitis. This medicine is a type of steroid and works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. This drug is a potent steroid and has not been adequately studied in children, so make sure to talk to your healthcare provider before using fluocinonide ointment on a child.

An Overview of Uses for Fluocinonide Ointment

Fluocinonide ointment (Lidex®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
 
 
Fluocinonide ointment is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. There are also other medications that have the same active ingredient as this ointment. These other forms of fluocinonide include:
 
 
In general, ointments and emollient creams are more moisturizing products than the gels and topical solutions.
 

How Does This Medicine Work?

Fluocinonide ointment is part of 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. Fluocinonide ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
 
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