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What Is Halcinonide Used For?

Applying halcinonide to affected areas of the skin two or three times daily can help relieve itching and inflammation caused by psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions. This medicine is a steroid, and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system. Halcinonide is meant for use in adults only, as children are at an increased risk for serious side effects.

An Overview of Uses for Halcinonide

Halcinonide (Halog®) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. It comes as both an ointment and a cream. Some of these conditions halcinonide is used to treat include but are not limited to:
In fact, halcinonide is approved to treat inflammation and itching due to any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids.

How Does It Work?

Halcinonide is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Halcinonide works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.

Can Children Use Halcinonide?

Halcinonide is not specifically approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Children are at an increased risk for serious side effects of steroids. In general, steroids, including halcinonide, are used for short-term treatment only. This is especially important for children.
It is important to note that halcinonide is not approved to treat a diaper rash and should never be applied to the diaper area, due to the increased risk for side effects, unless your child's healthcare provider specifically tells you do so.

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