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Why would a doctor prescribe prednisone when a patient has an infection

A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Balancing act: It's a balancing act since many of the problems with infections is that an exuberant inflammatory response can occur, which can cause more damage than ... Read More
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience Rheumatology
Not usually used: Most infections are not treated with steroids since many times steroids can make infections worse. On rare occassions, steroid nose sprays are used in ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Guess: Usually a serious infection with a cough and bonchospasm.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathy Nieder
39 years experience Family Medicine
Pneumonia: A severe bronchitis, an asthmatic bronchitis or a pneumonia might be an indication for the drugs you have listed. The Prednisone would help with the i ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sudeshan Govender
Specializes in Family Medicine
Continue meds: Hi , you have been to your doctor yesterday. Suggest continue meds , add some menthol inhalation and simple analgesia .If not settling after 48 hrs su ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
If needed, try:: Should be self limited, but can try: 1) gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz of warm water 2) nonprescription throat ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Dose and duration: If you are prescribed more than 5 days, a tapering schedule may be indicated. Usually within three days of the last dose, there is adequate eliminatio ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Reams
Specializes in Family Medicine
Should draw first: Yes if you are to get blood drawn to check the WBC then have it drawn before starting the prednisone. Then you can get a true result without the fals ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Many: Prednisone is a steroid. It is prescribed to reduce inflamation. Hycodan is a cough suppressant, prescribed to control cough. Levaquin (levofloxaci ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Rash: A bacterial infection is possible but not common. That said, please have your doctor check for bacterial infection. If you are not comfortable with yo ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Chest image: You may need additional therapy for Bronchoconstriction and to treat a lung infection. Please see the emergency room for further evaluation and a ches ... Read More

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