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Doctor insights on: Allergy Steroid Shot Side Effects

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Dr. John Chiu
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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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Had a severe psychiatric response to a steroid shot yrs ago (have had mild ones to Cipro as well). Is a 4mg,6 day, tapering dose of Methylprednisolone be likely to cause the same? Or any of the side effects for that matter?

Potentially: If you had a severe response previously to steroid, you sure would not want to try them again. There is the risk with repeat exposures to medications that each reaction could be worse than the previous one. Seek other options. ...Read more

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I got a steroid shot yesterday for my allergy reaction. Why is it a steroid, will this need get me buff?

I got a steroid shot yesterday for my allergy reaction.  Why is it a steroid,  will this need get me buff?

3 types of steroids: Dexamethasone and similar drugs are of the glucocorticoid type of steroid drugs, and has uses in a variety of disorders. It has anti-inflammatory effects and suppresses the immune system's activity (thus treats allergic reactions). Anabolic steroids (type of sex steroids) are abused by some people to increase muscle mass. The third type of steroid are the mineralcorticoids (affects salt balance). ...Read more

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2015 Seasonal allergies are awful in NJ and ZyrtecD 5mg isnt helping me AT ALL , should I bother with ClaritinD or seek an allergy 'steroid' shot?

2015 Seasonal allergies are awful in NJ and ZyrtecD 5mg isnt helping me AT ALL , should I bother with ClaritinD or seek an allergy 'steroid' shot?

See below: Zyrtec D is stronger than Claritin D.
Generally speaking if Claritin or Allegra are not helping allergists will often ask the patient to double the dose(plain anti-histamine with out the "D"). Flonase will often help nasal symptom. Visine-A will help allergic conjunctivitis. When the above are not helping a short course of corticosteroids can help. For more info go to http://bit.ly/1vIxPUk ...Read more

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I had to take a steroid shot yesterday do to allergies and I woke with both my hands feeling like there asleep. Is that a allergic reaction to shot?

I had to take a steroid shot yesterday do to allergies and I woke with both my hands feeling like there asleep. Is that a allergic reaction to shot?

No: Allergic reaction usually present as a rash or swelling or gastroentestinal symptoms. Numness of the hands in the morning can be due to your position when you are sleeping. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor on Friday and was treated for an allergy; a steroid shot, a nasal spray and since then I have ran a steady fever of 100- 100.2.

I went to the doctor on Friday and was treated for an allergy; a steroid shot, a nasal spray and since then I have ran a steady fever of 100- 100.2.

Perhaps not allergy: Since none of those medications should cause a fever, it's possible the diagnosis was wrong and you actually have a respiratory tract infection. Symptoms are very similar between the two disorders, except fever not usually present with allergies. If not improving in next few days, give doc a call back and let them know that you have fever as well. In meantime, get lots of rest and fluids. ...Read more

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Had allergy with swollen lips & eyes 2 days ago. Took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and a steroid shot. Today having rash on torso and extremities. Allergic to injection?

More info.: Large dose of steroid can cause acne. However the rash may also be just a part of the swollen lips and eyes process which returns when the level of steroid starts to fall off. I presume that you are on Benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Allergy w swollen lips & eyes 2 days ago. Source unsure. Took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & a steroid shot. today had rash on arms and torso. What's wrong?

Allergy w swollen lips & eyes 2 days ago. Source unsure. Took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) & a steroid shot. today had rash on arms and torso. What's wrong?

Urticaria/angioedema: could be the case, kind of common, mostly no cause can be sorted out, acute types usually follow a viral infection, chronic types mostly have no known cause, could be due to drugs, please keep taking your meds regulary, go to ER if you develop hoarseness / difficulty in breathing, and see an allergist soon, goodluck ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath after a cold. Dr diagnosed allergies and 80 mcg steroid inhaler. Are there bad side effects to using steriods with inhaler?

I have shortness of breath after a cold. Dr diagnosed allergies and 80 mcg steroid inhaler. Are there bad side effects to using steriods with inhaler?

Steroid side effects: Long term, chronic, high dose steroids can have side effects on the bones, eyes, appetite. However, in the short term, the steroid inhaler can help your allergy symptoms without undue side effects. ...Read more

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Sciatic pain in both sides for 7 days. We saw family Dr who administered a steroid shot+dose pk. Pain returned. Terrible night. Thoughts?

Sciatic pain in both sides for 7 days. We saw family Dr who administered a steroid shot+dose pk. Pain returned. Terrible night. Thoughts?

YES!: My thought is that you need to see your family doctor back. I assume you had a terrible night b/c you had terrible pain. The steroid shot & dose pack may have alleviated your symptoms but didn't get to the root of the matter. If your family doc is reluctant to investigate further, see a neurologist, orthopedist or neurosurgical spine specialist. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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My husband had a steroid shot for sinusitis recently and it seemed to cause him to be angry and irritable. Is this a common side effect?

Side effect: Steroid can have side effects like a change in personality. It is usually a temporary effect. An adjustment in doseage may decrease side effects. ...Read more

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I had a steroid shot and an antibiotic injection with a penicillin base on saturday today is sunday. I have a flushed face. Is this a side effect?

I had a steroid shot and an antibiotic injection with a penicillin base on saturday today is sunday.  I have a flushed face.  Is this a side effect?

Probably: Flushing after steroid injection is not uncommon. If it is from the antibiotic, that's a bit more concerning. If you have any trouble breathing, swallowing or feel faint, you should head to the er. It may be the start of an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot used for sinusitis cause pain? I have pain in my right leg, both arms (but mostly right), right shoulder, and left side of my neck.

Can a steroid shot used for sinusitis cause pain? I have pain in my right leg, both arms (but mostly right), right shoulder, and left side of my neck.

Steroid Shot: I know of no means for a steroid shot to cause pain in right leg, both arms, etc.

Very strange that this should follow a steroid shot. I can't think of any association. ...Read more

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Can tight,spasming hip, butt, low back muscles on one side cause leg to hurt? Had steroid shot in butt gave a little relief but still feels crampy

Spasm: Absolutely, spasm can reduce blood flow and cause pain/aching in the leg. Not sure why you had the steroid IM shot though. Consider getting your low back looked at by a chiropractor or a DO who knows how to manipulate. Odds are you have a structural issue somewhere below L2. Soak in a hot bath then do some gentle stretching exercises. ...Read more

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Can the steroid shot in your back help?

Help what?: Steroid shot to the spine is a common form of managing refractory backache resulting from various spinal and nerve disorders. It works reasonably well for most, not for everyone. More detailing, ask experts in pain management.

Best wish ... Always. ...Read more

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If I am feeling sluggish can I get a B12 shot or steroid shot?

Only from a quack: Please forgive my frankness. Unless you have a specific illness for which one of these injections is appropriate, you are doing yourself a disservice. If you feel ill or are depressed, get proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Depends: On your pain threshold. Some people have no problems whereas others faint at the sight of a needle. However, most steroids for asthma can be given orally too. ...Read more

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Steroid shot in arm and having withdrawal 2 days later, please help?

Steroid shot in arm and having withdrawal 2 days later, please help?

Unlikely: If this is your first shot its unlikely you are having withdrawl. Its more likely you are feeling the excitatory effects of the drug which too will fade. ...Read more

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Should I use steroid shot for pain if I already have type 1 diabetes?

Should I use steroid shot for pain if I already have type 1 diabetes?

Doctor recommend: If your doctor advises a steroid injection, contact your diabetes doctor beforehand to discuss how to adjust your Insulin for the steroid. As long as the steroid effect on blood sugars is compensated for by insulin, problems can be avoided. ...Read more

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What does a steroid shot do for pharyngitis ? Does it kill the cause ?

What does a steroid shot do for pharyngitis  ? Does it kill the cause ?

Anti-inflammatory;no: Presumably you're referring to a corticosteroid shot rather than an anabolic steroid such as testosterone. Various forms of Prednisone (steroid) can be given as pill or shot, even as cream, all acting as anti-inflammatory to cut down on swelling. However, it doesn't "kill the cause" which is most likely due to either a virus or bacteria. If the latter, need antibiotics. If former, just time. ...Read more

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How long will the adverse reactions last from a steroid shot with decadone, I got it last Wednesday and still have reactions?

Notify prescriber: You do not mention in detail the nature of the reaction. Some side effects of even short term corticosteroids can be very serious (examples include uncontrolled blood pressure, eye pain, severe headache, electrolyte abnormalities, kidney dysfunction, hyperglycemia, psychiactric manifestations and more). Notify the prescribing physician so that an appropriate course of action can be taken. ...Read more

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I just started my second period in a month. At 39 this is not normal for me. Though, this happened once before about 3 years ago after a steroid shot.

I just started my second period in a month. At 39 this is not normal for me. Though, this happened once before about 3 years ago after a steroid shot.

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If a recurring problem you get evaluated. Infections, polyps, fibroids & hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit ...Read more

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Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement ? How long keep home from school ? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Hoe long does parainfluenza / croup last? Had steroid shot so how long before improvement ? How long keep home from school ? His dr wasn't helpful :0(

Depends: Croup symptoms generally peak 2 to 3 days after the symptoms of the viral infection begin. Viral croup usually lasts 3 to 7 days. Steroid shot usually works in a few hours and can last to up to 24 hours. If your child is still having breathing problems or feverish, then have them seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Is a steroid shot for acne safe?

Is a steroid shot for acne safe?

Yes: Provided the practitioner knows what he/she is doing. A tiny bit of glucocorticoid is injected into a massive lesion. A short course of systemic glucocorticoids may also be used for the flare in cystic acne at the start of treatment with isotretinoin. You need to know that all acne is manageable, though it cures itself only as you get older. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Foead Geula
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more