What is the use of Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream?
Triamcinolone acetonide cream is a medication used to treat various issues in the skin including
- psoriasis of scalp
- skin inflammation
- T-cell lymphoma
- genital itching
- anal itching
The cream reduces the symptoms of skin diseases such as redness, itching, and swelling. The medication’s potency corticosteroid level range from medium to strong. It varies on the form that you use as well as the strength.
To learn the potency of your chosen triamcinolone acetonide cream, you may ask your pharmacist.
How to Use Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream?
Apply the cream on you on skin. But avoid certain areas such as the underarms, groin, and face, unless the doctor told you so.
To use the medication, follow these simple steps.
- Wash your hands thoroughly, and dry it after. The same goes for the affected area.
- Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area, then rub gently.
- Do these steps two to four times a day, or follow your doctor’s instruction.
- Let the affected area exposed. Do not use any wrappings to cover it unless your doctor told you so.
- If you apply the cream on an infant’s diaper area, use loose pants.
After the application process, make sure to wash and clean your hands. Not unless you have a skin condition on your hands, of course. Health experts also reminded to avoid applying directly to the eyes as it may result in glaucoma. Or if you already have glaucoma, the cream may worsen it. Thus, be careful when the affected area is near the eyes. The same goes for your nose and mouth. If you accidentally applied in your nose or mouth, use plenty of water and rinse it well.
Lastly, the medication is advised to use for the prescribed condition only. Using it longer than prescribed may cause unwanted results.
Occlusive Dressing Technique
The method of occlusive dressing is usually used for regulating any recalcitrant conditions including psoriasis. It is done by gently rubbing a thin layer of cream in the affected area until it fades. Apply once more, leaving a small covering on the defected skin, then wrap it up using a flexible nonporous film and don’t forget to seal the edges. If necessary, you may provide additional moisture to the lesion by using a dampened cloth as a covering before topping it up with a nonporous film. Dampening the area before putting the nonporous film is also effective.
The frequency of changing the dressing vary from person to person. Some are more convenient in letting it stay overnight and removing it in the morning, just like a 12-hour sealing. When you remove the occlusion in the morning, you need to reapply a bigger amount of the cream.
However, if you notice that an infection growth due to the occlusive dressing technique, you should immediately stop it.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of the Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream?
Even though used as a medication, the said cream may also have side effects on the skin. However, the side effects would only develop depending on the skin type of the person.
According to research, people would often experience side effects after the first application of the cream. For some individuals, they were able to experience itching, burning, irritation, and dryness on the skin. However, it is also important to take note that such side effects may be normal. This is because the body needs time to adjust first on the medication.
The only alarming phase would be when the symptoms get worse over time. Some of the worse symptoms are:
- allergic contact dermatitis
- perioral dermatitis
- acneiform eruptions
- skin atrophy striae
- secondary infection
- maceration of the skin
It is also important to notify the physician if there are any unusual effects that took place. This way, one can prevent other skin conditions from arising.
Because of the possible side effects that you may get from triamcinolone acetonide cream, health care professionals advise safety precautions to its users.
For instance, your medical history matters much to your attending physician. You should inform him/her of your health history including immune function issues, blood circulation, and allergies.
If you are allergic to any corticosteroids, there is a high chance that you will be allergic to the cream as well. Thus, you should inform your doctor about the said allergic condition or even unrelated allergies. The product may contain some inactive ingredients that will trigger your allergies.
Experts also remind not to apply the cream to an open sore or infection that is near to the area that needs treatment.
There are rare cases where using the cream for a long period of time plus in large skin zones that the body has a hard time responding to physical stress. What does that mean? It means that when you have an injury, serious illness, or surgery, your body may have a hard time recovering. Therefore, if you need to undergo surgery, the best move is to tell your doctor that you are using the medication for a few weeks or months.
Effects on Children and Women
If you are pregnant or have children, there are some safety measures that you have to do:
- Children – according to research, child growth may be affected if the product is used for a long time. It may slow down the child’s height development, although the final result in height when the child reaches adulthood is still unknown. Thus, have a regular appointment with the child’s doctor to check the height.
- Pregnant women – being pregnant have too many precautions as two or more lives are at risk. During pregnancy, there are some benefits, as well as risk, that is associated with using the cream. Speak to your doctor about it. Nevertheless, the cream should be used only when deems appropriate.
- Nursing mothers – the drug is not yet confirmed to pass breast milk when used topically. But there are some medications which belong to this class that went through breast milk when taken orally. In this matter, your doctor may answer underlying queries and questions.