Kenalog Injections Deal with Inflammation

by Aymee Wilson, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics

Kenalog injections can reduce inflammation in cystic acne, flatten scar tissue in keloids or hypertrophic scarring, and make hair grow back in people with alopecia areata.

Here are some of the most common health problems and conditions that cause symptoms that can be at least partially relieved;

  • Acne
  • Scarring, sores on skin
  • Skin reactions to allergies
  • Joint pain
  • A disease of the thyroid gland
  • Eye pain, redness
  • An adrenal gland that doesn’t work well
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatic arthritis
  • Trauma to joint cartilage
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Ulcerative colitis

Usually quick and easy, these injections are more or less painful depending on where the injection is given. A numbing agent may be used first.

The injection can be put directly into the affected area, like a painful joint in someone with arthritis, or it can be put into a muscle, like the buttocks, to have a broader effect. The injection may need to be repeated in three weeks.

Long-term use of Kenalog and other corticosteroids, however, may cause side effects, such as a weakened immune system and mood changes.

Doctors can prescribe Kenalog injections in a few different ways. Studies have shown that getting this type of corticosteroid directly through injection is the fastest and safest way to treat symptoms.

With an injection (usually into the epidermis, a muscle or a joint), the medicine can get to where it needs to go much faster and more effectively.

You may have an allergic reaction if you have hives, trouble breathing or swelling in your face, lips, tongue or throat. If so, seek help immediately.

Call your doctor right away if an injection worsens your skin condition; causes redness, warmth, swelling, oozing, or severe irritation on any treated skin; blurs vision or you see halos around lights.

If you have high blood sugar, you may feel thirstier, urinate more, have a dry mouth or smell like fruit when you breathe.

Other common side effects are:

  • Burning, itching, dryness or other irritation to the skin. 
  • Redness or itching around your mouth.
  • Allergic skin reaction.
  • Stretch marks, acne, more body hair growth.
  • Thinning skin or discoloration, or a white or “pruned” look to the skin.