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Des Moines, IA
A 31-year-old female asked:

How long should it take for pain/swelling to go down after a cortisone shot in boil?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ruth Seaman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Psychiatry 27 years experience
12-48 hours: Depends also if there is infection, and your general immune status. Hopefully, you will heal well. Any increasing redness, heat, or fever, please get back to the doctor quickly as it could be sign of skin infection.
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Varies: Not all bils ( abscesses) will respond to cortisone injections. Consult the treating physician.

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