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Triamcinolone acetonide ointment is prescribed to treat various skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and poison ivy. It is a type of steroid and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Adults and children can use triamcinolone acetonide; however, do not use this medicine on a child without first talking to a healthcare provider.

An Overview of Uses for Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment (Kenalog® ointment) 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:
Specifically, this medication is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. As an ointment, this product is somewhat greasy and may stain clothing. In many situations, the cream form of the medication (triamcinolone acetonide cream) is more appropriate.

How Does This Medicine Work?

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment belongs to 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. Triamcinolone acetonide ointment works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.

Is It Safe for Children?

Children can use triamcinolone acetonide ointment. However, children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using triamcinolone acetonide ointment.
In general, if this ointment is to be applied to the diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or "plastic pants," as they may increase the absorption of the drug. Breathable fabrics or diapers should be used.
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