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A 45-year-old member asked:

what are the side effects of prednisone taken for poison oak?

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Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Possibly none: If the Prednisone is only taken for a short. Of time there may be no side effects. Rarely even with a short course you can be more nervous and hungry and rarely develop necrosis of your femoral head which is the top of your leg bone that connects to your hip.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How should you wash clothes worn while I had poison oak?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Hot water: You can catch a second case of poison oak from the resin left on clothing. Wash the clothes by themselves in hot water amd rinse the washing machine before doing another wash.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is having hot flashes a normal side effect of prednisone?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Yes: Hot flashes and mood changes can occur when taking prednisone. Night sweats can occur with prednisone/steroids as well.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you drop weight put on by prednisone?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Low Carbs: Followong a low carb diet and increasing your caloric output with exercise has been shown to help prevent weight gain while on steroids/prednisone.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some benefits and dangers of prednisone in treating pmr - polymyalgia rheumatica?

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Dr. Michael Laccheo
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Rheumatology 15 years experience
See answer: Benefits include resolution of pain. Risks include increase in cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, fragile skin and blood vessels, weight gain, mood changes, psychosis etc. Typically the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

I'm on prednisone, which takes forever to get off but I want to get a tattoo, is there a risk?

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Dr. Jay Zimmerman
Dermatology 19 years experience
Yes: While there is always risk of infection, allergic reaction, and granuloma formation/scarring with tattoos, patients on Prednisone have poor wound healing and a suppressed immune system, making those risks greater.

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