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A 53-year-old male asked:

Have had a cold for three weeks. symptoms keep cycling between congestion, cough, fatigue, runny nose, sore throat. in-home test results showed no covid infection. non-smoker, no lung illnesses. is 12 days prednisone treatment excessive?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
A 12 day steroid course with tapered dose is slightly long but not excessive for the treatment of viral induced inflammation, either due to Covid-19 or non Covid-19 infection. Home Covid antigen test has low sensitivity, i.e. high false negative result.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology 37 years experience
Continue to self isolate, re test for COVID 19 PCR is recommended. Drink fluids,rest, monitor temperature and breathing. Watch for shortness of breath and discuss the use of steroids after PCR testing.

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