I received a prescription for Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment from the doctor, which was happily covered by insurance. (shock)
Or rather than follow the above link, you can read all about it here...
Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment
Why is this medication prescribed?
Triamcinolone is used to treat the itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and discomfort of various skin conditions.
How should this medicine be used?
Triamcinolone comes in ointment, cream, lotion, liquid, and aerosol (spray) in various strengths for use on the skin and as a paste for use in the mouth. It usually is applied two to four times a day.
Wash or soak the affected area thoroughly before applying the medicine, unless it irritates your skin. Apply the ointment, cream, liquid, or lotion sparingly in a thin film and rub it in gently.
(Avoid prolonged use on the face, in the genital or rectal areas, and in skin creases and armpits unless directed to do so by your doctor. If you are using triamcinolone on your face, keep it out of your eyes.) Do not apply cosmetics or other skin preparations on the treated area without talking with your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using triamcinolone, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to triamcinolone or any other drugs.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially cancer chemotherapy agents, other topical medications, and vitamins.
Tell your doctor if you have an infection or if you have ever had diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, a circulation disorder, or an immune disorder.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although the side effects from triamcinolone are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
drying or cracking of the skin
change in skin color
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
severe skin rash
difficulty breathing or swallowing
skin infection (redness, swelling, or oozing of pus)
What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it according to the package instructions. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Do not use it to treat other skin conditions. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medications.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
We discussed my slightly elevated blood pressure, which both the assistant and doctor felt might have been due to my feeling ill (with vertigo) yesterday. Still, I've been set to monitor it, by using those in-store machines for the next two months. Then I'll go back and we'll see what he thinks. (By then the Rose Festival will be over, by the way!)
He didn't bother with blood work today, preferring that I work on my diet change and exercise between now and the next visit before checking things...
He was pleased I'm now off (for the past six months) my estrogen. (I tapered back at first, then finally went off. I've seen no ill effects, frankly.)
Anyway, it pleases me that my doctor is very much opposed to pushing meds on me. He prefers to use diet and exercise before moving to medications -- and then to keep these at a minimum. Seeing as that's my personal philosophy, I feel good knowing we're in concert. I'm down to vitamin supplements and Naproxin, aside from the occasional vertigo pill and now the ointment. Not bad!
We appear to be a highly over-medicated society. Most doctors hand out pills like candy, in place of trying things that require more effort on both sides. Few people seem willing to avoid taking pills, rather than try healthy lifestyle alternatives. There's no doubt that there's more work involved in not taking pills, but I've never liked to take too many. (I was off pain meds very soon after my surgery, for example...)
The doctor does think my issues with arthritis is psoriatic arthritis. But, again, he thinks the medications used to treat this ailment have so many negative side-effects that he'd rather avoid them if at all possible. I'm used to the pain, so for the most part I'm not that bothered. (I also believe we're meant to experience a certain amount of pain in our daily lives, so I try to live accordingly. I've never noticed that whining got anyone very far, so I try to keep my own down to a minimum!)
Guess what? I rode my bike this afternoon, believe it or not! Yes, I am out of shape, but that will quickly improve if I stick with it. (Which I plan to do!) It was a sunny, lovely day, so I enjoyed being out there. I need to keep it up.
I also fixed Marilyn's mistressmarilyn Queen's Coronation Event Map for her this afternoon, too. (Prior to her Coronation meeting at 4 p.m. today.) It turned out okay, I guess. The nice thing was that I was able to put it into a Word document, meaning it was easy to send out via email! Now she wants to do the same with all her Grand Floral Parade (GFP for short) maps -- and I'm excited to try that! It doesn't take that long, really -- and as we often use these (sometimes with minor changes) from year to year, it would be very handy.
I think I'll go out and quickly plant a few more flowers! (We did several on Sunday...)
Hopefully Marilyn will be home soon!