Triamcinolone (0.1%) Cream

Eczema treatment

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A convenient way to control eczema flare-ups, Triamcinolone (0.1%) cream is a medium potency steroid cream and the...

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A few things to know
  • Triamcinolone is a medium-potency steroid cream. Steroid creams, including triamcinolone, are considered effective for both the treatment of active eczema as well as the prevention of flare-ups.

  • Triamcinolone cream is applied in a thin layer twice daily to the affected area(s).

  • Most people start to see improvement within a few days, and many experience some relief even after one or two applications.

  • If you're prescribed medication, you'll have ongoing care with unlimited and free messaging with your doctor or nurse practitioner throughout your treatment.

Important safety information eczema

What you should know before using triamcinolone cream 0.1%.


Triamcinolone cream is a corticosteroid cream. There are many different types of steroid creams, and triamcinolone 0.1% cream is considered medium potency on that spectrum—it’s stronger than the type of cream you might find over the counter, such as hydrocortisone, but not the strongest available type of steroid cream. Stronger formulations are used only for very severe cases, as they are associated with more serious side effects that may require monitoring.

Triamcinolone cream is the generic form of the brand name medication Kenalog. The two medications are considered equivalent. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that generic drugs demonstrate bioequivalence to the brand name drug, which means they act the same way in the body and are expected to produce the same effects as the original brand name drug.

Like all corticosteroids, triamcinolone blocks the immune system at the cellular level. The underlying cause of eczema is overactivity of the immune system. Certain triggers in the environment, including heat, chemicals in soaps and laundry detergents, and allergens like pollen and dust, can produce or worsen eczema symptoms on the skin. These symptoms include dryness and itching, and the appearance of scaly patches of skin, particularly on the hands, insides of the elbows and knees, upper chest, and other areas. By blocking the immune system at the cellular level, triamcinolone reduces the intensity of the skin’s reaction to allergens. This translates to decreased itching and redness (or discoloration in people with darker skin tones), and less scaly skin.

Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area(s) and rub in until the cream is fully absorbed. For active flare-ups, apply twice a day for two weeks or as directed by your physician. In some cases, your physician may prescribe a small dose between flares to help prevent them from happening or help reduce the severity. This may involve using the steroid cream 2–3 times per week or only on weekends, for example. If you think you may need this type of preventative treatment, ask your doctor.

There is no set maximum dosage of triamcinolone cream, and an “overdose” of triamcinolone cream applied to the skin is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms. The negative effects of steroid creams are mostly seen after using the cream for longer than is necessary and without any gaps in treatment, as there is a theoretical increase in risk that it is absorbed into the bloodstream. See Important Safety Information for more detail on potential negative side effects and precautions.

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