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Kenalog Side Effects

Generic Name: triamcinolone topical

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of triamcinolone topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Kenalog.

Not all side effects for Kenalog may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to triamcinolone topical: topical application cream, topical application lotion, topical application ointment, topical application spray

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by triamcinolone topical (the active ingredient contained in Kenalog). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking triamcinolone topical:

Incidence not known
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on the face or where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)

Some of the side effects that can occur with triamcinolone topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Incidence not known
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to triamcinolone topical: mucous membrane paste, topical cream, topical kit, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical spray


The most commonly reported side effects were burning, itching, irritation, and dryness.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Burning, itching, irritation, dryness[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, blistering or peeling not present prior to therapy, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin and oral mucosa, secondary infection, atrophy of the skin and oral mucosa, striae, and miliaria[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, glucosuria[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Intracranial hypertension (including bulging fontanelles, headaches, bilateral papilledema)[Ref]


1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0

2. "Product Information. Kenalog (triamcinolone topical)." Westwood Squibb Pharmaceutical Corporation, Buffalo, NY.

3. "Product Information. Aristocort Topical (triamcinolone topical)." Fujisawa, Deerfield, IL.

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