Compare Desonate vs. Kenalog

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Treats itchy, red, and dry skin rashes.

Desonate (desonide) is a cheap and effective topical treatment for mild skin rashes, but may not treat more serious skin conditions.

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.

  • Can be used in children as young as 3 months old and in adults.
  • Available in cheaper, generic version.
  • Compared to oral alternatives, this medicine has less side effects only if used sparingly for 4 weeks or less.
  • Pregnant women can use Desonate (desonide) if approved by their doctor.
  • Desonate (desonide) is mild strength so it likely won't cause many side effects.
  • 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.
  • Using this medication long-term or using it too much can disturb your body's hormone balance.
  • Must apply 2-3 times daily.
  • Cannot use for more than 4 consecutive weeks at a time.
  • As a milder steroid, it may not help serious skin conditions.
  • 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.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Cream
  • Gel
  • Ointment
  • Foam
  • Lotion
  • Spray
  • Cream
  • Kit
  • Lotion
  • Ointment
  • Dental paste
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Headache
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The Kenalog (triamcinolone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Reduced hormone production
    • Prolonged use (>4 weeks) of Desonate (desonide).
    • Applying Desonate (desonide) to a large area of your body (>35% body surface area).
    • Applying excessive amounts of Desonate (desonide) to your skin.
    • Children.
  • Skin infection
    • Previous skin infection.
  • Skin reaction
    • Excessive and inappropriate use of Desonate (desonide).
    • High concentration of Desonate (desonide)
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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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