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Does oral Prednisone reduce itching? Or just inflammation? Prescribed Prednisone for contact dermatitis on face. Took pill 2 hrs ago, still itchy.

Does oral Prednisone reduce itching? Or just inflammation? Prescribed Prednisone for contact dermatitis on face. Took pill 2 hrs ago, still itchy.

Prednisone itching: 28 M Ontario CA: Does oral prednisone reduce itching? Or just inflammation? Prescribed for contact dermatitis on face. Took pill 2 hr ago, still itch.
This depends a bit on how old the dermatitis is. The earlier it is treated the sooner it reduces inflammation and then itching. But most reduces inflammation. 2 hours ago? Don't expect miracles. I also give low potentcy steroid cream on face. ...Read more

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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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I've got awful hives and was prescribed prednisone today to help with itching and swelling. So far it hasn't helped - how long does it take to work?

I've got awful hives and was prescribed prednisone today to help with itching and swelling. So far it hasn't helped - how long does it take to work?

Depends: On the hives, prednisone dose, other medications you are on, the cause for the hives, if any. Kindly see your doctor and consider referral to a dermatologist or an allergist, meanwhile, unless contraindicated, you can take OTC antihistamines, preferably the newer ones, as cetirizine or loratadine, twice a day, which is double the recommended dose, till you see your doctor/specialist, best wishes ...Read more

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I given amoxicillin when my mono was misdiagnosed as strep. I now have a full body and extremely itchy rash. I am on prednisone. Relief from itching?

I given amoxicillin when my mono was misdiagnosed as strep. I now have a full body and extremely itchy rash. I am on prednisone. Relief from itching?

Common: This is a common problem when amoxicillin is prescribed for a viral infection especially mono. You may try topical agents such as Gold Bond anti-itch or TriCalm. Antihistamine does not work well in this condition but if the problem is severe, your doctor may consider putting you on a short course of prednisone. ...Read more

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Horrible itching with no rash. Prednisone makes it stop not antihistamine. Blood work shows nothing. 5 weeks now. What is it and how stop itching?

Horrible itching with no rash. Prednisone makes it stop not antihistamine. Blood work shows nothing. 5 weeks now. What is it and how stop itching?

Itching: There is a condition known as stress induced urticaria that can cause this. If you are anxious, seek help and your itching may be better. There may also be other causes that just do not cause a rash, so keep getting evaluated and worked up as needed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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"i have a rash and it will not stop itching I went to the e.r last night and they prescribed me prednisone and told me to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) I am 20 weeks?

"i have a rash and it will not stop itching I went to the e.r last night and they prescribed me prednisone and told me to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) I am 20 weeks?

See derm: Pregnancy alone can be associated with skin rash sometimes severe. A short-course of prednisone is the usual treatment. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) does help by making you a little drowsy and probably not from its antihistamine effect. If the problem continues, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a rash and it will not stop itching I went to the e.r last night and they prescribed me prednisone I am 20 weeks pregnant?

I have a rash and it will not stop itching I went to the e.r last night and they prescribed me prednisone I am 20 weeks pregnant?

Treat cause: Did they say what the cause of the rash might be? It is always best to both treat the rash and the cause of the rash if known. Common rashes are due to sensitivities external or internal, scabies, drugs, and viral infections.
There are a few pregnancy specific itchy rashes however yours does not fit the timeline (PUPPP occurs usually around 36 weeks). Minimize soaps, eat healthy. ...Read more

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My daughter has eczema and lately she has been getting a very bad rash. Red inflammation itching. Dr gave her prednisone last wk - any suggestions?

My daughter has eczema and lately she has been getting a very bad rash. Red inflammation itching. Dr gave her prednisone last wk - any suggestions?

Sec infection?: Well there are two things that can go wrong with eczema- it can flare up. For that you need to look at the triggers and treat with steroid ointment. OR it can get secondarily infected by virus, bacteria OR fungus. In these cases steroid alone won't help. Seek help from your doctor ...Read more

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Whole body itching since waking up. Some red blotchy spots and puffiness in knees and hands. Comes and goes, took prednisone and not helping.?

Whole body itching since waking up. Some red blotchy spots and puffiness in knees and hands. Comes and goes, took prednisone and not helping.?

Recheck: Perhaps the allergic reaction is getting worse. Or perhaps this is a side effect of another medicine. I would recommend going to the emergency room and taking some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) right now ...Read more

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If I'm taking prednisone and atarax for an allergic reaction in the form of a rash can I take NyQuil to help me sleep. The itching is so bad?

If I'm taking prednisone and atarax for an allergic reaction in the form of a rash can I take NyQuil to help me sleep. The itching is so bad?

Nyquil: Nyquil is a cough medication that has several ingredients including an antihistamine. While I doubt that you'd have a serious interaction with the atarax, you wouldn't want the stimulant effect of the pse in Nyquil. Are you taking the full strength dose of atarax (50mgs)? If not try taking the 50 mgs at bedtime which may give you sedation for sleep as well as antiitch effect. Discuss with your MD. ...Read more

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My daughter has a rash for about 9 days now and is extremly itchy she has been on prednisone and hydrocordisone cream for the itch....And nothing is w?

Many possibilities: Your question is too vague to answer in detail. An itchy rash can be due to many things most likely allergic but could be from any number of medical conditions. If it is persisting and not responsive to steroids, further evaluations need to be performed. Seek out your internist and dermatologist. ...Read more

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Sudden allergy to opiates after tkr. Never had before. Will I now not be able to take them again for pain? On prednisone to try to get rid of itch!

Sudden allergy to opiates after tkr. Never had before. Will I now not be able to take them again for pain? On prednisone to try to get rid of itch!

Yes. Don't take agai: If it was established by your physician that you had a true allergic reaction to an opiate, you should not take an opiate again; the severity of the next reaction is not predictable, and could be anything from mild to anaphylaxis. There are other analgesics available and alternate ways to treat moderate to severe pain. ...Read more

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I have red patches all over my body they itch. I went to the hospital and the gave me benadryl, (diphenhydramine) prednisone, &cimetidine these medications did nothing!?

I have red patches all over my body they itch. I went to the hospital and the gave me benadryl, (diphenhydramine) prednisone, &cimetidine these medications did nothing!?

Foolish: ER people treat heart attacks, accidents, emergencies. That's why we call it the emergency room. They are poor at treating "red patches all over". What did they call it? Stop this foolishness and see a dermatologist. When you call, indicate if it is urgent. Is your water safe yet? Do not take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) except bedtime. It is a sleeping pill. Cimetidine is for acid stomach, not for skin. You need a p ...Read more

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I have consulted a dermatologist and she is retired now. I was prescribed lotion and prednisone. Tablet helped initially but second time did not. I am using dove soap and cetaphil lotion all the time. No clue why the itch is back??

I have consulted a dermatologist and she is retired now. I was prescribed lotion and prednisone. Tablet helped initially but second time did not. I am using dove soap and cetaphil lotion all the time. No clue why the itch is back??

Below: Without your full medical history, this is impossible to give an accurate answer.

If your derm has retired, call the office and find out where they are suggesting his patients to go. ...Read more

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I had an allergy to doxycycline 4 weeks ago I can't take benedryl and I took prednisone for 12 days and I still itch, I have been taking ranitidine?

Cause?: I doubt that the allergy to doxycycline can linger on this long and thus your itching must be from something else. In the absence of skin rash, dry skin is the most common cause for itching. Have you tried applying a moisturizer on your body 2x daily with one <3 mins after bathing? ...Read more

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Scared I had Scabies. Took lots Ivermectin. Derm gave Antihist/Prednisone for allergies. Still get random bumps/lines/crawly/slight itch. Masked Scabies?

Scared I had Scabies. Took lots Ivermectin. Derm gave Antihist/Prednisone for allergies. Still get random bumps/lines/crawly/slight itch. Masked Scabies?

Unlikely: What do you mean "for allergies"? I have seen many patients with your problem and usually have not been able to find a cause even after a skin biopsy. Prednisone should not be used for more than a couple of weeks. May try taking a non-sedating antihistamine every 6 hrs (higher than needed for hay fever). If still not helpful, see your derm again or consult an allergist. ...Read more

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17 yr old daughter has mono and morbilliform rash. Amoxicillin ceased Wed. Prednisone and Benadbut spreading body rash & severe itch. No fever. Help?

17 yr old daughter has mono and morbilliform rash. Amoxicillin ceased Wed. Prednisone and Benadbut spreading body rash & severe itch. No fever. Help?

Rash: Using amoxicillin with mono frequently causes an itchy uncomfortable rash. It lasts a while. The prednisone may not be the answer. I would use Zyrtec (cetirizine) and add Benedryl both if needed. Drink lots of fluids and rest. Bathe too. Mono can last 2-3, weeks and it is miserable. It is a lesson learned about over using antibiotics. Sorry you were the one to experience this. It will get better. ...Read more

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Butt itches bad?

Butt itches bad?

Anal Itching?: I am assuming your anus itches. Several causes. Partial rectal prolapse can cause this. Mucous glands on the outside and wet and not meant to be there. Causes poor hygiene. Pin worms can cause this. Hemorrhoids can cause this. Yeast and other fungan and bacterial infecitons can cause this. Use baby wipes, balneol or other rectal cleanser. Check for pin worms. Get anoscopic exam by md. ...Read more

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Butt hole itches. What could this be?

Butt hole itches. What could this be?

Various causes: Hemorrhoids, pinworm, anal fissure, anal/rectal cancer, certain foods/drinks (eg with caffeine), psoriasis, stds, localized allergic reaction, others, can cause anal pruritus (itching). Symptoms that persist beyond a few days would benefit from evaluation. ...Read more

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Should I be alarmed if my earlobes itches a lot?

Should I be alarmed if my earlobes itches a lot?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a natural prednisone?

Is there a natural prednisone?

Hydrocortisone: hydrocortisone is the bio identical form of prednisone. DHEA is a natural precursoer to cortisol ...Read more

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What is prednisone used to cure?

What is prednisone used to cure?

Many things: Prednisone is corticosteroid which treats many different problems such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. ...Read more

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Ok taking prednisone (deltasone)?

It depends: As with any medication, if it is prescribed by a physician to treat a particular illness or problem it is safe, as long as it is used as prescribed. ...Read more

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