Fluocinonide is a high-potency corticosteroid used to treat psoriasis and eczema. It belongs to class II of glucocorticoids, which have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Fluocinonide can be taken orally or applied topically as a cream, ointment, gel, lotion, oil, shampoo, or foam. Topical application with an occlusive dressing aids penetration with increased efficacy and decreased side effects. Side effects include temporary thinning of the skin at the site of application and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression.
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Proper dosing to decrease HPA axis suppression
One must be aware of proper dosing when using Fluocinonide cream 0.05 to reduce HPA axis suppression. A single application in healthy adults is safe and well-tolerated in several areas, like face and neck without occlusion, axilla with and without occlusion, flexor surface of the forearm, trunk with and without an occlusive dressing, extensor surface of the arm, and abdomen. When applying to the scalp, one should use a non-occlusive dressing for at least 12 hours after application or increase absorption into the bloodstream.
Conditions which Fluocinonide should not be used on
Fluocinonide should be used by people who have active skin infections, viral or fungal infections, tuberculosis, certain rare forms of cancer, psoriasis that is widespread, and many other conditions with caution because it may cause thinning of the skin, also known as atrophy, which can lead to easy bruising, infection or inflammation. The most common side effects are stinging, burning, itching, dryness, rash, flaking/peeling, redness.
Conditions where a person can use medication with Fluocinonide
Fluocinonide is a strong topical steroid that has been prescribed as a cream or ointment for various skin problems, such as eczema and dermatitis. The concentrations of Fluocinonide vary from 0.05% to 0.1%. It is effective against many disorders, such as psoriasis, lichen sclerosis et atrophicus, and discoid lupus erythematosus. Conditions where Fluocinonide may be used include:
Management of Eczema
Eczema refers to skin inflammation resulting in red patches and swelling areas like arms, legs, torso, and face. The itchy rash is often a sign of eczema.
Dermatitis is defined as inflammation of the skin. It may be acute or chronic. There are many different types of dermatitis, each with its characteristic symptoms.
Psoriasis is a long-term autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It causes red, inflamed patches covered with white scales.
Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
Lichen sclerosis et atrophicus is a chronic skin condition that results in thinning of the skin and the development of white patches on the skin. Discoid lupus erythematosus Discoid lupus erythematosus is a chronic skin condition characterized by the development of red, scaly patches on the skin.
Fluocinonide may also be prescribed for other conditions not listed. Always consult with a physician before using this medication to ensure it is the best treatment option for you. Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen sclerosis et atrophicus, and discoid lupus erythematosus are all inflammatory skin conditions that can be treated with Fluocinonide. The medication is effective in reducing inflammation and helping to clear up the rash or lesions associated with these disorders.