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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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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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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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I got a steroid shot last year in my buttocks. There is still a bruise and a knot where I was injected. Is this normal? It is still tender as well.

I got a steroid shot last year in my buttocks. There is still a bruise and a knot where I was injected. Is this normal? It is still tender as well.

Not Normal!: This may signify some scar tissue from irritation from the medication. Fibrotic scar tissue does occur from time to time. It should be checked. Wish you well! ...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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Hi. I was given a steroid shot for a URI. How long does it take to feel better?

About a week: Although there has been a recent trend to give steroids for severe colds, bronchitis, etc, a recent research report showed that they have no benefit: healing and symptom improvement are the same with or without steroids. Typical URIs last 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Want cold symptoms gone as fast as possible b/c of important/long days coming up. Will steroid shot help me be productive/ less aching? What benefits?

Want cold symptoms gone as fast as possible b/c of important/long days coming up. Will steroid shot help me be productive/ less aching? What benefits?

Cold: Wouldn't use steroids if you have a common cold. That would be over-kill. Sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestionsaline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & emon juice to Chamomile tea. Rest. ...Read more

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5 month old seen 7 days ago for 104 fever. Diagnosed with virus and given steroid shot. 101 fever last night. Should he be seen again?

Judgement call: If you can not control fever or child does not urinate or has new symptoms contact physician immediately. If you see improvement, child is active and fever subsiding only you can judge what is the best for you child. If in doubt, see the doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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