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Prednisone Poison Ivy
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
A dr prescribed prednisone yesterday for the skin rash that we guess is poison ivy. How long until I start seeing the rash dissipate and feeing relief?
4-5 days: you should see improvement in one day and will fully go away in 4-5 days ...Read more
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