Topical triamcinolone acetonide is commonly prescribed for the relief of skin irritation symptoms including itching, inflammation and scaling, as reported by MedlinePlus. Triamcinolone acetonide is a corticosteroid used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rashes from poison ivy and hives due to allergic reactions, according to WebMD.
Triamcinolone acetonide also comes in the form of a dental paste for the treatment of mouth sores and ulcers. In veterinary medicine, triamcinolone acetonide is approved for use in dogs and cats by prescription only. It is employed to treat allergic dermatitis, rashes due to infections and eczema, according to PetMD and Vetstreet.
Triamcinolone acetonide is available by prescription only, and it should only be used as directed by a physician. Generally, it should not be used on the face or groin, as the skin in these areas is very sensitive and may respond negatively to the medication. In most cases, patients are instructed to apply triamcinolone acetonide to the affected skin two to four times per day. The treated skin should not be covered with a bandage, and your hands must be washed carefully after every application to avoid getting any medication in the eyes.
Many patients experience some degree of burning and itching when they first apply triamcinolone acetonide medications to their skin. However, these side effects disappear after several days of regular use. Serious side effects, which occur rarely, include skin discoloration, stretch marks and acne. Some patients also experience excessive hair growth when using this medication. Patients who experience these side effects should stop using triamcinolone acetonide and contact their physician immediately.