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How long before I should see improvement in my son with croup after getting steroid shot? How long should croup last

4-8 hours: Generally steroids begin to show an effect after ~4 hours and are working well by 8 hours. If your child received Epinephrine to help him breathe, it may wear off 1-2 hours before the steroid starts to work. Dexamethasone (decadron) has been shown to be the best steroid for croup. Untreated croup tends to worsen for 3-5 days before it starts to improve (as do most viral infections). ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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I had a steroid shot at about 10pm last night &it is now 10:30 am. I still have the rash though it seems a bit better. How long before gone completely?

I had a steroid shot at about 10pm last night &it is now 10:30 am. I still have the rash though it seems a bit better. How long before gone completely?

Rash: Steroid shots will last in your body 2-3 days. It is re-assuring that you are improving 12 hours later. Monitor the rash and seek care if not improving with 1-2 days. ...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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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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Had a steroid shot in hip due to bursitis and pain had beew aweful, called drs office and they said normal, how long does this usually last?

Had a steroid shot in hip due to bursitis and pain had beew aweful, called drs office and they said normal, how long does this usually last?

Normal: If it does not resolve in a week, call your doctor to see what options you may have regarding this increased pain. Although uncommon, it can happen and usually will go away on its own in a few days. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a steroid shot on your shoulder? If it does, can you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) afterwards? And How long does the inflammation last?

Does it hurt to get a steroid shot on your shoulder? If it does, can you take Tylenol (acetaminophen) afterwards? And How long does the inflammation last?

A tiny bit: If done as usual, you would receive a little local anesthetic that would sting until it puts the skin to sleep. Local anesthetic is usually given with the steroid (ask!) so that actually you may be pain free for several hours. During this time your doc may advise you to move the shoulder through the full range of motion, depending on diagnosis. Inflammation relieved in days. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine. ...Read more

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Rash from Keflex. Got steroid shot 2 days ago. Rash got worse and spread and lips swelled last night. Started prednisone today.How long will this last?

Rash from Keflex. Got steroid shot 2 days ago. Rash got worse and spread and lips swelled last night. Started prednisone today.How long will this last?

Allergic reaction: I suggest being seen again: you may need a tapered course of oral prednisone. This appears to be a severe allergic reaction- do not ignore- you will need more medicine. ...Read more

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How long after the penicillin shot for strep throat should I wait to go out? I got the initial shot on friday and went and got an additional steroid shot at the ER last night and i feel a lot better

Once : Once you have been on antibiotics for strep for 24 hours, you are no longer contagious. However, steroids can make you feel better even when you are still sick by dampening down your immune response, so take it easy! ...Read more

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How long can a viral sore throat and cough last? Received steroid shot and have had for about 5 days. When to go back to doctor?

Depends: Now if you have mono sometimes this can last several weeks. Granted you have already been tested for strep you will not need antibiotics. I would see your doctor after the steroids for a recheck if still uncomfortable. Good luck ...Read more

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How long do steroids last in your system, im on a 6 day reigamen.

Family practice : A short course of Prednisone will not not remaine in your system long. It's effect however will continue. It's a strong antiinflamatory. Helps with asthma, allergic reactions, or with joint pain. Any concerns discuss with your primary dr. ...Read more

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How long does a steroid nerve block last?

It varies: Steroid injections can relieve pain for 2 weeks or 2 years. It varies tremendously. I mostly offer epidural steroids. Some people never get better. Some get one treatment very 3 mo the to two years. ...Read more

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What do u mean that i need steroid shot in my last question.

Cannot find: Suzie, we do not have the ability, on our end, to search for comments by a specific poster so it may be tough to find your first question. Re ask the question with more details or consider HealthtapPrime. ...Read more

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How long does steroid injections for sinuses last?

How long does steroid injections for sinuses last?

Steroid INJECTIONS: for sinuses? Never heard of this. If a physician did recommend or do it, then ask the question of him or her. ...Read more

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What is the name of a steroid that can be used to treat a chronic migraine that has lasted for longer than 3 days?

What is the name of a steroid that can be used to treat a chronic migraine that has lasted for longer than 3 days?

Methylprednisolone: Migraines that persist for days can be hard to break, and often are treated with a short course of steroids in the form of what is called a dosepack. Typically these start with 6 pills the first day, then 5 pills the next day, then over the next days down to 1. Important tip in migraine treatment is treating early with the right medications so as to avoid these prolonged ones! ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fetus's lungs to mature when taking steroid shots?

How long does it take for a fetus's lungs to mature when taking steroid shots?

Depends: Depends on the age of the fetus but if you are talking about near term >35 weeks, about 24-48 hours of steroids. If fetus is younger 32-34 weeks, more like 72 hours. Even term infants do not have mature lungs, lungs continue to develop until the child is about 2 years old! ...Read more

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How long would poison ivy last if you start taking steroids?

How long would poison ivy last if you start taking steroids?

Poison ivy rashes: Those are contact dermatitis rashes due to contact with the oil (urushiol) found in all parts of the plant. The more oil you come to contact with the more symptoms you get ranging from simple skin redness to blistering lesions. If untreated, it lasts anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks. It would last longer if your skin is more severe e.g. Blister forming. Oral or topical steroid hasten the healing. ...Read more