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Treats inflamed and itchy skin as well as mouth lesions.

Kenalog (triamcinolone) effectively treats certain skin inflammation disorders, but should only use for a maximum of 2 weeks at a time.

Upsides
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  • Kenalog (triamcinolone) is a cheap topical medicine good for treating skin disorders that cause redness and itching.
  • The medicine comes in both medium and high potency options.
  • Compared to oral alternatives, this medication has less side effects only if it is applied sparingly and not used for more than 2 weeks.
  • All forms of Kenalog (triamcinolone), except for the oral paste, are safe to use in children.
  • Pregnant women can use the medicine if approved by the doctor.
Downsides
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  • This medication is for short-term use only, no longer than 2 weeks at a time, otherwise it may lead to complications such as skin thinning and raised blood sugar.
  • Only use Kenalog (triamcinolone) in small amounts for the shortest time to control your symptoms and avoid unwanted side effects.
  • Kenalog (triamcinolone) is not as strong as its alternatives so it may not be as effective for more severe forms of psoriasis or chronic inflammation disorders.
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Used for
  • Acute lymphoid leukemia Adrenal insufficiency Allergic disorder Chronic lymphoid leukemia Collagen disease Disorder of endocrine system Disorder of eye Disorder of gastrointestinal tract Disorder of hematopoietic structure Disorder of respiratory system Disorder of skin Hodgkin's disease Hypercalcemia of malignancy Inflammatory disorder of musculoskeletal system Mycosis fungoides Neoplastic disease Nephrotic syndrome Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma Trichinosis Tuberculosis of meninges; Adjunct
  • Carcinoma of breast Carcinoma of prostate Fever
  • Due to malignancy; treatment adjunct Intracranial tumor Multiple myeloma
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Spray
  • Cream
  • Kit
  • Lotion
  • Ointment
  • Dental paste
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Side effects
The Cortisone FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Kenalog (triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Skin irritation
  • Raised blood sugar
    • Using Kenalog (triamcinolone) for more than 2 weeks
    • Using Kenalog (triamcinolone) over large areas of skin
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