Triamcinolone Acetonide is a prescription medicine used to reduce skin irritation such as inflammation, or rash, and skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It comes in ointment, cream and spray forms, with external and dental versions.
Triamcinolone Acetonide is a corticosteroid, meaning a class of naturally occurring steroids produced in the adrenal cortex. These hormones aid in essential body functions such as inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism and protein catabolism. Triamcinolone Acetonide creates an anti-inflammatory process via eosinophil reduction. Eosinophils are white blood cells that are activated by the immune system when a foreign body enters the blood stream. They release several chemicals which cause inflammation as a means to combat the bacteria, virus or any foreign body it does not recognize. Triamcinolone Acetonide hinders the release of eosinophil, thereby reducing swelling.
Dental and External Versions
There is a dental version to lower swelling and ulcers in the mouth, and it aids in treating mouth sores not caused by herpes. There is also an external version used to reduce itching, inflammation, rash, and various forms of skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It is marketed as medium to strong potency, depending upon prescribed strength and form. The cream and ointment are generally not used on the underarms, groin and face.
The doctor will generally recommend application two to four times daily depending upon the severity of the condition. The area should not be bandaged or wrapped, as this may affect the medicine’s ability to be completely absorbed. However, if the skin area is greatly exposed, the doctor may feel that bandaging will reduce possibility of infection, which may take preference over 100 percent absorption.
If a doctor recommends applying the medicine near the eyes, nose or mouth, wipe any excess cream so it will not cause further damage. Excessive amounts of a corticosteroid within the eye may lead to glaucoma. If it does get into the nose or mouth, rinse immediately with cold water. Use Triamcinolone Acetonide only for the prescribed condition. Prolonged use of product can be harmful; follow a medical professional’s directions on use and length of use precisely.
Triamcinolone Acetonide does not actually cure rashes, eczema or psoriasis. It simply interferes with the body’s ability to produce the substances that are causing such skin disorders. A knowledgeable doctor will look for the underlying cause rather than simply prescribing Triamcinolone Acetonide to treat a symptom. It is never used as an exclusive treatment for serious diseases such as herpes, fungus or skin tuberculosis.