What Is Triamcinolone Cream?

K.C. Bruning

Triamcinolone cream is a topical treatment prescribed for a variety of skin ailments. It is a mixture of emollient and cortiscoseroid that is used for problems such as swelling, itching, and dryness. The cream is marketed under the brand name Pediaderm TA®.

Several different kinds of skin rashes and general irritation can also be treated with Triamcinolone Cream.
Several different kinds of skin rashes and general irritation can also be treated with Triamcinolone Cream.

Some of the specific conditions triamcinolone cream treats are psoriasis and eczema. It is also used to relieve symptoms of allergies and inflammatory diseases. Several different kinds of skin rashes and general irritation can also be treated with the cream.

Triamcinolone cream is formulated to treat psoriasis and eczema.
Triamcinolone cream is formulated to treat psoriasis and eczema.

Proper application of triamcinolone cream depends upon the condition being treated. In most cases, a thin layer of the product is rubbed into the affected area with clean hands. Occasionally, it may be necessary to moisten the area first with a wet, clean cloth. In some situations, the treated area is left uncovered. Other conditions may require applying a covering, such as a bandage or plastic wrap, after application of the cream.

Triamcinolone cream can be used to treat dry skin.
Triamcinolone cream can be used to treat dry skin.

It is important to use triamcinolone cream only for the amount of time it is prescribed as it can have an adverse effect on the body if it is used too long. Patients are also advised to use only the prescribed amount at the specific site of the problem as applying the cream on large expanses of skin can cause the body to absorb too much of the drug and potentially cause side effects. While there are not many conditions that conflict with use of the cream, a full medical history, including any drugs currently being taken should be disclosed to the prescribing doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing are generally advised not to take the drug.

Signs of an allergic reaction may include a tightness in the chest.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include a tightness in the chest.

The most common side effects of triamcinolone cream are mild and only need to be discussed with a doctor if they become more severe or do not go away. They include slight itching, irritation, and burning. Some patients also experience dryness.

A bandage should be applied to an area that is treated with triamcinolone cream.
A bandage should be applied to an area that is treated with triamcinolone cream.

Severe side effects of using triamcinolone cream should be discussed with a doctor immediately. They include intense itching, irritation, swelling, and burning. Some patients also report cracked skin or a rash that looks like acne. The skin may also turn excessively red or peel. Allergic reactions, including breathing problems, a tight chest, hives, or rash should receive emergency medical attention.

Triamcinolone cram may be used to relieve symptoms of allergies, such as hives.
Triamcinolone cram may be used to relieve symptoms of allergies, such as hives.

Triamcinolone comes in several other forms, including a liquid, an aerosol spray, a lotion, and an ointment. It also comes as paste for use in the treatment of mouth sores. The drug is also available in different strengths in order to accommodate different types of conditions and levels of severity.

Side effects of triamcinolone cream may include itchiness.
Side effects of triamcinolone cream may include itchiness.

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Discussion Comments

SarahGen

@turkay1-- If you don't have anything else, you can apply triamcinolone cream on a cold sore blister. Just make sure not to get it into your mouth.

There are better topical creams for herpes simplex blisters that help them heal faster. Triamcinolone may not do that, but it will certainly help with the inflammation and keep the blister moisturized.

ddljohn
Triamcinolone acetonide is such a great cream. I had an allergic reaction to mites last week. My legs and stomach were covered in a terrible rash. I don't have insurance right now, so I went to the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist what I can use. He gave me this cream.

I went home and applied it all over my rash. In just ten minutes, the itching lessened and within an hour, the rash was gone.

candyquilt

Can I use triamcinolone topical cream on a cold sore?

I had a cold sore pop up yesterday and I can't stand the pain. My lip is swollen, red and very dry. Triamcinolone cream is the only medicated cream I could find at home.

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