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Triamcinolone acetonide ointment is prescribed to relieve inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. This ointment is applied on the affected areas of the skin two to four times daily. Potential side effects include burning, irritation, and dryness of the skin. Because the brand-name form of the drug is no longer manufactured, only generic versions are available.

What Is Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment?

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment (Kenalog® ointment) is a prescription skin ointment. It is a topical steroid used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions.
(Click What Is Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, triamcinolone acetonide ointment may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of triamcinolone acetonide ointment include but are not limited to:
  • Burning
  • Irritation
  • Itching
  • Dryness.
(Click Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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