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Doctor insights on: Is Cortisone Effective In Treating Cellulitis

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


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Are there any over-the-counter medications that are effective at treating cellulitis?

Are there any over-the-counter medications that are effective at treating cellulitis?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.

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Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Likely: Ceftin (cefuroxime) can work fairly well for simple skin infections however there are other antibiotics that may be needed for complicated skin infections.

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What are the most effective ways to get a cortisone shot?

What are the most effective ways to get a cortisone shot?

See details: See a doctor and have the problem evaluated first. If a cortisone shot is indicated, it can be done at that time.

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Is there an effective treatment for cellulitis?

Is there an effective treatment for cellulitis?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.

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Is oral ofloxacin effective in case of mild cellulitis??

Is oral ofloxacin effective in case of mild cellulitis??

You seem to like: ofloxacin, and yet it's one of the strongest and most toxic fluorinated antibiotics around, and used often for hospital treated cellulitis and serious urinary tract infections. Do speak with your doctor FIRST to find out what's best for you, what strains you're resistant to, so you are targeting your therapy accurately & not shotgunning your care by guessing. (I know you can buy this OTC in Egypt.)

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How effective are cortisone injections for costochondritis?

How effective are cortisone injections for costochondritis?

Anti-inflammatory: I would recommend taking an anti-inflammatory by mouth over a steroid injection. Costochondritis is inflammation of the muscle between the ribs. Underneath that sits the lung. An injection given to deep can puncture the lung and cause breathing problems. I would recommend an anti-inflammatory medication by mouth to treat instead of an injection.

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How effective can cervical cortisone epidurals be?

How effective can cervical cortisone epidurals be?

Cervical epidural: They can be very effective for some types of pain especially those radiating down the arm. Pain specific to the neck with or without head movement may be better treated with other types of injections/therapies.

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How safe and effective are cervical cortisone epidurals?

How safe and effective are cervical cortisone epidurals?

Epidural steroids: Cervical injection therapy including epidural steroid injections are common/successful for cervical disc disease. In particular arm pain, numbness, and tingling. Everything in medicine has risks including injections and these include headache, infection, bleeding. These are rare and just a few that are most common. Would recommend anesthesiologists who have have done pain management fellowship.

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Is cortisone shot effective in relieving allergies?

Yes, but....: System-wide exposure to steroids is associated with an increased long-term risk of complications such as cataracts, glaucoma and osteoporosis. Cortisone injections are sometimes used to relieve debilitating symptoms quickly, but their routine use is not a good idea. Get an evaluation by an allergist to determine the optimal way to control your allergies.

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In your practice experience how effective is a guided cortisone injection for frozen shoulder if caught early, say two months into the freezing stage?

In your practice experience how effective is a guided cortisone injection for frozen shoulder if caught early, say two months into the freezing stage?

Possible help: Glenohumeral injections or steroid are an acceptable practice in conjunction with aggressive physical therapy in an effort to improve range of motion in 'frozen shoulder'. Still, the average duration of symptoms can be betwen 6-9 months and sometimes longer.

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Is linox 600 effective for cellulitis and to fight staph bacteria. Pls help.

Is linox 600 effective for cellulitis and to fight staph bacteria. Pls help.

Frequently: Yes, it can be effective, but many other factors go into how well an infection responds besides just the antibiotic. Diabetes, nutrition and the location and size of the infection all are important factors to consider. Sometimes other treatments, like surgery also help.

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Are cortisone shots effective at treating wrist pain being caused by a cyst? Or would it just be a temporary solution?

Are cortisone shots effective at treating wrist pain being caused by a cyst? Or would it just be a temporary solution?

Corticosteroid injec: Can be effective if there is concurrent synovitis, pain and swelling in the region. At times the cyst itself acts life an irritant in the wrist and it reduces that as well. Finally the cyst may decrease in size or get smaller or may go away with the injection. Some just aspirate the cyst but many also inject. Recurrance is possible thus if it recurs then its temporary, but if it stays away..

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What is the most effective antibiotic to be taken in case of asmall patch of cellulitis (about 2cm). In face developed after a mosquito bite??

What is the most effective antibiotic to be taken in case of asmall patch of cellulitis (about 2cm). In face developed after a mosquito bite??

Depends: Your doctor will be aware of the type of bacteria and the antibiotics best to use in your community. The bacteria that cause cellulitis are most often strep or staph. In some communities staph is resistant to some antibiotics and this often reflects the choice of medication.

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