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I am on prednisone for poison ivy. Can I drink alcohol?

I am on prednisone for poison ivy. Can I drink alcohol?

Depends: Depends on how much alcohol is consumed. A routine glass of wine or a shot glass of liquor should be no problem. but if you are diabetic both Prednisone & alcohol may raise your blood sugar. The name of the game is moderation & common sense and while on the Prednisone don't ingest alcohol on an empty stomach. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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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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Could 2 consecutive doses of prednisone (for poison ivy - got it twice) and having a fever from flu cause sperm count to be lower?

Could 2 consecutive doses of prednisone (for poison ivy - got it twice) and having a fever from flu cause sperm count to be lower?

Not so simple: Maybe fever or prednisone will reduce sperm count a little. But prednisone is also used to enhance fertility in case of anti-sperm antibodies. For treatment of ivy allergy, topical therapy with potent creams is preferred. If oral prednisone is needed, 2 or 3 doses, never 2 days in a row, entire dose in AM, is most effective. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

  My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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How long after a prednisone shot for poison ivy, should i begin to debloat??!l

How long after a prednisone shot for poison ivy, should i begin to debloat??!l

Poison Ivy: i am confused here. Is the bloating from the shot or did you have it with your poison ivy reaction? Please clear up what you are asking. ...Read more

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How long should I take prednisone for my poison ivy? Doc said 2 weeks, this seems a tad long???

How long should I take prednisone for my poison ivy? Doc said 2 weeks, this seems a tad long???

Poison ivy sucks: I would follow your docs instructions. Poison ivy can be pesky to treat and the oils that cause reaction tend to spread to other parts of the body. 2 weeks prednisone shouldn't cause any long term complications in the grand picture of things, as long as it isn't a regular thing. ...Read more

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Poison ivy getting worse with prednisone, what to do?

Poison Ivy: Spreads topically, and is caused by skin contact with toxins released by the plant. Gentle skin wash with rubbing alcohol can help, and anecdotally, patients have told me that cucumber slices applied to area help. Following up with your Dr is an excellent suggestion. ...Read more

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Could I still give blood while taking prednisone (a steriod I'm prescribed for poison ivy)?

Could I still give blood while taking prednisone (a steriod I'm prescribed for poison ivy)?

Generally, yes: But each blood donation facility has its own regulations, if anything, you can postpone donation a week or two, thanks for being a blood donor ...Read more

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On prednisone for 1 week due to poison ivy. 30mg & tampering down to 5mg over the week. How likely is it to get an infection?

Not very.: If you are overall healthy. Keep the areas clean. Don't scratch and dig with your nails. Your prednisone will have done it's job and your misery will be over soon. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bad case of poison ivy...Put on prednisone-lab tests showed an IgE quantitative=291.0...Are the two related?

No: A high ige does mean that you have a tendency for allergies (asthma, hayfever and eczema) but a high ige does not correlate with poison ivy allergy. 80% of the us population is allergic to poison ivy and 80% of the us populations does not have an elevated ige. ...Read more

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How long does it take for prednisone to work on a poison ivy rash? Contact made with plant 5.5 days ago. Starting taking prednisone 3 days ago.

How long does it take for prednisone to work on a poison ivy rash? Contact made with plant 5.5 days ago. Starting taking prednisone 3 days ago.

Mgt: The steroid effect depends on the underlying problem and extent of the inflammation. The steroids will start to be more effective after a few doses. At day 3, you should experience improvement if you are responding to the medication. ...Read more

Dr. Wm. Marcus Spurlock
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Poisoning (Definition)

Toxic ingestion (also called "poisoning") is a condition in which a person has eaten or drank a substance that causes ill symptoms or damage to his body. Taking an overdose of a medicine, taking any dose of a poison, drinking too much vodka, or accidentally drinking antifreeze . . . are all ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more