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Doctor insights on: How Does Cortisone Help Bronchitis

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...Read more


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Y'all know the cordizolne steroid shots docs give u when u have like bronchitis well I got 5 this year how many is ok? It's Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) 20 mg. I thk

Y'all know the cordizolne steroid shots docs give u when u have like bronchitis well I got 5 this year how many is ok? It's Depo-Provera Medrol (methylprednisolone) 20 mg. I thk

Asthma Specialist: If a person needs more than 3 treatments with cortisone-type steroids for asthma-type coughing or wheezing symptoms, he can see an asthma/allergy specialist. These specialists are sometimes lung doctors and sometimes allergy doctors. They can do lung testing and help put the person on preventive medications to try to prevent recurrent illnesses, so fewer treatments of steroids will be needed.

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What is a cortisone test?

What is a cortisone test?

Level of cortisol: A cortisol test is done to measure the level of the hormone cortisol in the blood. The cortisol level may show problems with the adrenal glands or pituitary gland. Cortisol is made by the adrenal glands. Cortisol levels go up when the pituitary gland releases another hormone called adrenocorticotropic hormone (acth).

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What is the definition or description of: cortisone?

What is the definition or description of: cortisone?

Hormone: A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and maintains blood pressure. A preparation of this hormone obtained from natural sources or produced synthetically and used to treat inflammatory conditions and adrenal failure.

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How often can I get a cortisone shot?

Depends: Why are you getting them? The reason for the shot is the determining factor. Usually a steroid shot in the back or into a joint is no more than every 3 months and that is usually the maximum and for good causes. Shot in the hip are the same and would need to know why! steroids are good meds but harmful if abuse or misused. It is often a way to get someone out of pain until a joint replacement.

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How long does cortisone shots last for.

Depends on multiple: Factors. Ex. Where it is being injected; some areas of the body are more responsive to cortisone than others. It depends on reason 4 injection. For inflammatory or degenerative joint pathologies, depends on how bad the degeneration/inflammation is, how bad the pressure on the nerve is, what your "genetics" is with susceptibility to inflammation, how much daily stress the body area is subjected to.

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Can cortisone shots make you feel anxious?

Sometimes: Some people feel stimulated with cortisone. When the stimulation is not welcome it may be identified as anxiety. It is not likely to last long.

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Is there an alternative to cortisone shot?

Depends: It really depends on the condition being treated. In general terms, cortisone injections relieve inflammation and pain. Other modalities that can sometimes achieve this are: ice, oral medications such as Ibuprofen or steroids, rest, and splinting. Physical or occupational therapy can also sometimes be helpful for musculoskeletal conditions and there is always surgery too.

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Are there risk factors for cortisone shots?

Very few: Local cortisone preparations have little risk. The risk of infection is almost zero. Occasionally the steroid crystals can cause a brief inflammatory reaction.

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Are there any cortisone injection risk factors?

Very few: The risks are small. Rarely this is a brief increase in inflammation which usually resolves quickly with the application of ice. Infection risks are extremely small.

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Is my disc healing or is the cortisone working?

Could be either: Both could explain an improvement in symptoms. An acutely herniated disc has swelling and blood associated with it which can resolve to some extent, whereas cortisone gives a booster dose of anti-inflammatory which reduces the swelling and inflammation if the disc and the inflamed nerve.

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How much time for a cortisone injection to work?

How much time for a cortisone injection to work?

It may: Take as long as a week to really kick in. Try to rest the affected joint while you wait.

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What is the pain like after a cortisone injection?

What is the pain like after a cortisone injection?

Minimal: Occasionally, patients have an hour or two of injection site soreness, due to passage of the needle through muscles. Ice and rest is sufficient to address this pain.

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What occurs if a cortisone injection does not work?

Maybe: The injection was not positioned correctly or that the issue is beyond response to cortisone.

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How long after cortisone/ epidural will you fee relief?

How long after cortisone/ epidural will you fee relief?

Differs for everyone: The reaction and symptom relief from epidural injections varies from person to person. Please discuss with your doctor if you are having concerns about pain relief. Take care.

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What will happen to arthirtis if cortisone doesn't help?

What will happen to arthirtis if cortisone doesn't help?

Many choices: This depends on your diagnosis. We have different medications beyond cortisone. We want to use these other medication so we can avoid long term corticosteroids like prednisone because of the long term side effects and risks of chronic cortisone. Your physician can have you see a rheumatologist and depending on the we can use Methotrexate or other DMARDS or use a biologic like TNF inh