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Shouldn't prednisone be prescribed in titrated doses? I am 76 years old. Last week i was taken to the ER with an acute allergic reaction (hives, swollen tongue, etc.). The physician prescribed prednisone 40 mg q. D. X 4. A nurse told me that prednisone

Shouldn't prednisone be prescribed in titrated doses? I am 76 years old.  Last week i was taken to the ER with an acute allergic reaction (hives, swollen tongue, etc.).  The physician prescribed prednisone 40 mg q. D. X 4.  A nurse told me that prednisone

Workup and Mgt: Usually a short course of prednisone does not need to be titrated, unless you have a medical condition that necessitates this. I would suggest that you have an Epi Pen at home and with you, with instructions for its use. In addition, it is important to know what triggered this reaction and to avoid the triggers. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Birth control pills and swollen tongue. Is it the birth control even though I have taken only one so far, or an allergic reaction?

Birth control pills and swollen tongue. Is it the birth control even though I have taken only one so far, or an allergic reaction?

Maybe: A swollen tongue usually is indicative of some type of allergic reaction. If you experienced the swelling just after taking the pill you may be allergic to an ingredient in the pill. Or you may have been exposed to some other allergen in something you ate. Either way an allergic reaction that causes your tongue to swell can be dangerous and you should see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have never had a swollen tongue. And I have no allergies. But for no reason i'm afraid of getting a swollen tongue. What is it ? Anxiety?

I have never had a swollen tongue. And I have no allergies. But for no reason i'm afraid of getting a swollen tongue. What is it ? Anxiety?

Health Anxiety: This can be considered a form of ocd that involves an intrusive thought. These are focused on some adverse or harm coming to your body. If there is no physiological basis, consider behavior therapy. It is usually helpful for thos. ...Read more

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If you have no tongue disease, and no allergies at all. Then its not possible to get a swollen tongue? Afraid it will swell, and that i die. Anxiety?

If you have no tongue disease, and no allergies at all. Then its not possible to get a swollen tongue? Afraid it will swell, and that i die. Anxiety?

Illness Anxiety D/O: It sounds like you could be dealing with Hypochondriasis, which is now termed "Illness Anxiety Disorder" in the new DSM V. Anxiety focuses on fears of having or acquiring a serious illness, although symptoms may not be present or are mild in intensity. There is high anxiety about health, and preoccupation with the risk of developing a condition is disproportionate to actual risk. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety. Never experienced swollen tongue. I'm afraid of swollen tongue. How likely is this to occur? Have no allergies (food, etc) fear?

I have health anxiety. Never experienced swollen tongue. I'm afraid of swollen tongue. How likely is this to occur? Have no allergies (food, etc) fear?

Trust your DR : Trust yourself and above all, trust god! try not to focus on yourself and your health but on other activities like exercise, engaging in sports , helping others especially those in need. Comparing yourself with other people who are crippled , amputees, intubated , comatose etc, consider yourself so fortunate and blessed. May god bless you :))). ...Read more

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If your afraid of food allergies, and tongue swelling, and have don't have allergies, and have never experienced swollen tongue. Is it a phobia then?

If your afraid of food allergies, and tongue swelling, and have don't have allergies, and have never experienced swollen tongue. Is it a phobia then?

Food allergy: While many people have adverse reactions to foods, only about 2-3% of adults have true food allergies where tongue swelling may occur. Other symptoms that are more common than tongue swelling is mouth itching, mild lip swelling, hives and GI symptoms. It's important to enjoy food, if you experience symptoms an allergist can help identify if there is an allergy or not. ...Read more

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If I have swollen tongue should I wear my mouth guard? Could I be allergic to the metal in it?

If I have swollen tongue should I wear my mouth guard? Could I be allergic to the metal in it?

Evaluate: airway swelling can be quite dangerous. Please stop wearing your appliance and call your Dentist immediately. Swelling may be due to mechanical irritation or, more rarely, an allergic reaction. Differential diagnosis is required. Please call your Dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Allergic reactions are sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more


Swollen Tongue (Definition)

Swollen tongue is just a description of a tongue that has become larger then previously, this can happen because infection, inflammation, allergic reaction, a tumor growing inside ...Read more