Doctors prescribe fluocinonide to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, atopic and contact dermatitis, rashes and inflammation caused by an allergy, according to WebMD. Fluocinonide is a strong topical corticosteroid that reduces the itching, dryness, inflammation, redness and crusting that occurs with certain skin conditions, as stated by MedlinePlus.
Doctors also prescribe fluocinonide to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, psoriasis of the scalp, plaque psoriasis, and scaly, oily skin on the face and scalp, as noted by WebMD. FLuocinonide prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation, according to Drugs.com. It also suppresses an overactive immune system, states the Cleveland Clinic.
Fluocinonide is available in a variety of strengths. It comes in a solution or emollient base of gel, cream or ointment, according to MedlinePlus. The emollient base aids fluocinonide in ameliorating the ailment, as stated by WebMD. Emollients moisturize and soften the skin, which decreases itching and flaking, and they also help to protect against further irritation. Doctors typically prescribe fluocinonide in a cream if the affected area is moist and weeping, and in an ointment if the affected area is dry, explains Patient. Some brand names of fluocinonide are Fluocinonide-E, Lidex, Vanos and Metosyn.