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How long does the side effects of cortisone injections last? Its been 3 weeks and 2 ER trips and I'm on more meds now then before.

How long does the side effects of cortisone injections last? Its been 3 weeks and 2 ER trips and I'm on more meds now then before.

Cortisone: Is most helpful if the cause of pain is due to tissue inflammation. Headaches due to migraine (I notice you take Relpax) may not necessarily respond to steroids. The same goes for shoulder pain if there is no tissue inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more


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I have a very tiny facial scar which is a little elevated. Can I use cortisone cream instead of cortisonsteroid injection to not to get side effects?

I have a very tiny facial scar which is a little elevated. Can I use cortisone cream instead of cortisonsteroid injection to not to get side effects?

Yes: Cortisone works, but I prefer a product called mederma. It is an over the counter product. For really small scars that are not pigmented, and which are not very noticeable perhaps you should do nothing so the scar is not irritated. ...Read more

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Tried everything for plantar fascitis. Has gotten better, but still not gone. I want to get cortisone injection. Benefits? Side effects? Causeitworse?

Plantar Fascitis: Has many treatment options and injections are just one way. With injection 1 of 3 things will happen. It will help, won't help at all or help for a short time. Be sure to see podiatrist for all treatment options. ...Read more

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Was told nasal sprays has less side effects than oral or cortisone injections, but what if I use the nasal sprays for more than 10 yrs?

Was told nasal sprays has less side effects than oral or cortisone injections, but what if I use the nasal sprays for more than 10 yrs?

Bad policy: Make the membranes inflamed and less responsive to effective repair.

Not a good idea at all.

Find out why you might need this type of help and treat the cause rather than the symptom. ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

Many: Elevated pressure in the eyes (glaucoma)
fluid retention, causing swelling in your lower legs
increased blood pressure
mood swings
weight gain, with fat deposits in your abdomen, face and the back of your neck

when taking oral corticosteroids longer term, you may experience:
clouding of the lens in one or both eyes (cataracts)
high blood sugar. ...Read more

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How can I reverse the side effects of long usage of cortisone ointment on face? Scrub it?

How can I reverse the side effects of long usage of cortisone ointment on face? Scrub it?

Do not scrub it: See a plastic dermatologist or plastics specialist, and never use it again on or near face. See prior answers about this topic. A caution and comment about the fact that you mentioned an ointment. How potent a topical steroid is has an enormous amount to do with if it's in cream form (milder) or ointment form (much more potent); if use occlusive dressing over it, then ten times more potent. ...Read more

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What are the negative side effects of getting Cortisone shots in your wrists (to alleviate pain)?

What are the negative side effects of getting Cortisone shots in your wrists (to alleviate pain)?

The following: Complications could occur but are not common site infection, swelling, pain. Repeated injections may lead atrophy and bone demineralization ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the side effects of cortisone cream for a baby with severe facial excema?

I was wondering what are the side effects of cortisone cream for a baby with severe facial excema?

Relatively safe: Cortisone creams can be used to treat the inflammation associated with facial eczema in a baby. Problems arise (scarring, atrophy, telangiectasia, etc) with prolonged use - greater than 3+ consecutive weeks at a time. Make sure there is a dermatologist involved in the management of the severe facial eczema that you report to make sure that the best treatment is being applied. ...Read more

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Cortisone pills alleviate skin dermatitis. What are the side effects if used for a week to clear skin?

Cortisone pills alleviate skin dermatitis. What are the side effects if used for a week to clear skin?

Cortisone for skin: As long as you do not have diabetes or a bacterial infection, a weeks course of cortisone will likely not produce any severe side effects. Watch for stomach upset, nausea. Watch for agitated mood or insomnia. If they occur, you may need to stop the medication. ...Read more

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Are the side effects the same for cortisone shots and pills?

It depends: If the injectable cortisone is the type used to inject joints, it has little risk. If you mean im cortisone injections, it has comparable risks to the pills. ...Read more

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What side effects are commonly associated with cortisone shots?

Not much: Rarely, the steroid crystals can cause a mild inflammatory response but this is brief. Repeated injections into the same area over a short period can rarely cause damage to the tissue or joint. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get a cortisone shot are there any side effects?

Depends: Of what area?
Single shots in shoulders, knees etc are linited and helpful generally.
Large dose, or repetitive long term steroids orally or injection can have issues. ...Read more

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Can someone please explain to me some things about cortisone shots like risks and benefits/side effects, etc?

See details: Local cortisone shots really have little risk. If you are diabetic, they can raise blood sugar to a modest degree. There can occasionally be some pain after injection but that is temporary. The benefits involve the injection's ability to resolve the area of inflammatory and relieve pain. ...Read more

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I have tendinitis. I don't like the long term side effects if I continue with cortisone. Opinion on using peptides to help the problem? Thank you

See details: Is the "tendinitis" a local or generalized issue? I strongly urge a rheumatology consultation. Cortisone is not the treatment of choice. If the pain is generalized fibromyalgia is a very likely diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are side effects of intraarticular cortisone for knee oa?

What are side effects of intraarticular cortisone for knee oa?

Safe injection with: Few complication if it done right,
death of nearby, joint infection, skin and soft tissue thinning around injection site, temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint 'cortisone flare, tendon weakening or rupture, thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis), whitening or lightening of the skin around injection site, transient increase in blood sugar level, allergic reaction to some component ...Read more

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What are the side effects of daily cortisone cream for a baby with severe face eczema?

What are the side effects of daily cortisone cream for a baby with severe face eczema?

Overuse of...: ...Cortisone creams can cause thinning of the skin, which sometimes results in permanent stretch marks. Fine blood vessels may swell and become prominent under the skin surface. In rare cases enough cortisone might be absorbed internally to cause growth suppression or adrenal gland suppression. That's why dermatologists use only the mildest steroid creams on babies, and monitor them closely. ...Read more

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What are hydrocortisone cream side effects?

Side effects: A High potency steroid cream used for long periods of time can cause skin atrophy, hypopgimentaion of skin and hypothalamic-pituitary suppression ...Read more

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I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago, is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago. Is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I have this spot on my upper arm (in the general area I received the co

I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago, is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I had a cortisone shot 4 months ago. Is it possibly for the side effects to just now start? I have this spot on my upper arm (in the general area I received the co

Yes: Yes - one of the side effects to corticosteroid (i.e. Cortisone) injections is lipoatrophy. Lipoatrophy is the medical term for loss of fat under the skin. The steroid medicine can dissolve the fat under the skin and cause a depression, or scar. It can also affect the cells that make pigment, so that the overlying skin can look lighter. This side effect typically occurs several months after the injection and can progress, somewaht, over several months. In many patients, the area can fill back in with fat cells, but this can take several years. It is purely a cosmetic blemish and may very well improve with time. ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects of cortisone shots? I am noticibly bloated, feeling dizzy and nauseated and very pink face.

What are the most common side effects of cortisone shots? I am noticibly bloated, feeling dizzy and nauseated and very pink face.

You have them all.: These are side-effects of short duration. Redness of the face is due to vasodilation of blood vessels. Fluid retention is common, nausea less, but it occurs, especially if you take an nsaid. ...Read more

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Are there any risks or possible side effects when using cortisone cream to treat inflamed ear tubes in a 17 month old?

Are there any risks or possible side effects when using cortisone cream to treat inflamed ear tubes in a 17 month old?

Please don't!: Please don't put any cream, ointment, or liquid into the ear canal, particularly with tubes through ear drums. There are only few suspensions appropriate for a perforated ear drum should it become infected. Please discuss with baby's doctor. A hole means no barrier to the inner ear. Any medication not specifically approved for use in this situation could cause hearing and other damage. ...Read more

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What are the negatives effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots? I'm worried about side effects.

What are the negatives effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots? I'm worried about side effects.

Steroid side effects: Corticosteroids, whether by injection, iv, or oral administrationhave similar side effect, except that the im injection can cause localized muscle atrophy. Steroids side effect are generally cumulative, the more you get the greater the risk; fluid retention, weight gain, phsychosis, brittleness of bones, osteoporosis, increase risk of diabetes, adrenal suppression, increase infection and tumor. ...Read more

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If I go get some hydrocortisone cream 1.0% will there be any side effects?

If I go get some hydrocortisone cream 1.0% will there be any side effects?

Yes, possibly: All medications have side effects. You don't necessarily get them all or even any. Hydrocortisone cream is a steroid - which has many potential side effects. But if you need it, you need it. Doctors always weight the benefits to the potential harm of any treatment. Steroid creams can cause thinning of skin, localized bleeding, increased risk of infection, & increased blood sugar among others. ...Read more

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Are there side effects from cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots other than steroid flare?

Are there side effects from cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots other than steroid flare?

Steroids effects: Steroids are very important in the treatment of multiple conditions. Cortisone and strides in general may alter the way blood sugar is metabolized (diabetes). Long term use of steroids reduces calcium absorption causing brittle bones (osteoporosis). ...Read more

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What are the long term negative effects for hydrocortisone or prednisone? I know one is longer acting but what negative side effects do each have?

What are the long term negative effects for hydrocortisone or prednisone? I know one is longer acting but what negative side effects do each have?

Similar, minor diffe: The long term side effects are numerous depending on the individuals, duration, and dose. Major ones: Osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, hypertension, adrenal suppression (stop working altogether). Some may have glaucoma. Weight gain at the belly and face, acne etc. Some immune suppression can be expect with high doses for months.
Prednisone has less sodium-retention effects (less low potassium) ...Read more

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My 6 month old has been on hydrocortisone valerate ointment USP 0.2% for 3 months i'd like to get him off it. Can I just stop it without side effects?

Yes and No: Sorry for the unclear answer, but have you found out the underlying cause of whatever you are sing the steroid cream for? If that has not been solved yet, stopping the cream is likely to lead to flare-up of whatever problem you were treating - I suspect some type of eczema. You may want to withdraw it over a week or two - use it every other and then every third day, to see if condition flares up. ...Read more

Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Cortizone (Definition)

Cortizone is a low strength steroid which is a kind of ...Read more