Kenalog is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat skin inflammation, crusting, and scaling associated with psoriasis and other skin conditions. Kenalog may also be prescribed to treat psoriatic arthritis and oral sores. Kenalog is also known by its drug name, Triamcinolone acetonide.
Kenalog is a corticosteroid of mid-range potency. It is believed that Kenalog works in cases of psoriasis by suppressing immune system activity.
How do I take it?
Kenalog is available as a topical or injectable medication. Topically, Kenalog is applied to the affected areas in the form of a lotion, cream, ointment, paste, or spray two to four times a day. In its injectable form, Kenalog may be injected into muscles, skin, or joints. Apply Kenalog at the same times each day.
Side effects of Kenalog may include painful stinging or burning, itching, redness, and dryness. These symptoms may ease after a few days when your body becomes accustomed to the drug.
The risk for serious side effects of Kenalog or other topical corticosteroids increase with the potency of the drug, prolonged use, use over larger areas of skin, and adding bandages or other covering (occlusion) after applying the medication. Like systemic corticosteroids, serious side effects may include weight gain, mood or vision changes, fatigue, puffy face, trouble sleeping, and, in children, slowed growth.
Notify your doctor if you experience changes in heartrate, acne, thinning of the skin, new stretch marks, discoloration, unusual hair growth, or infections in the hair follicles (folliculitis) while taking Kenalog. Kenalog may cause existing skin infections to become worse.
For answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to topical corticosteroids during pregnancy and breastfeeding, visit the experts at MothertoBaby.org.