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Doctor insights on: Skin Soreness From Prednisone

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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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My sore throats always last over 2 weeks my last one I was on inhaler and prednisone that never helped what could it be?

My sore throats always last over 2 weeks my last one I was on inhaler and prednisone that never helped what could it be?

Bacterial infection: Go to doctor, this is bacterial infection needs to be evaluated and treated by a proper antibiotic, do you have any other symptoms like ear pain?

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I have been trying to taper off prednisone from a colitis flare up. It has been horrible and my joints have become so sore every time I hit the 10 mg?

I have been trying to taper off prednisone from a colitis flare up. It has been horrible and my joints have become so sore every time I hit the 10 mg?

Other meds?: If you have severe enough crohns disease that it requires prednisone, it is unlikely that you will be able to just taper off without the use of a steroid sparing agent such as biological agents (ie. Remicade) or immunomodulators (mercaptopurine). See your gastroenterologist or am did a referral to an ibd subspecialist.

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I have a sore on my jawline and collar bone-deep and painful. In ICU visiting for two weeks. I am sick, zpak, prednisone not helping. Could it be mrsa?

Need culture: In order to know what is possibly growing in those sores a swab needs to be obtained and cultured. Not sure how these sores relate to you current illness. Follow-up with your prescribing physician for on-going evaluation and changing of treatment if necessary.

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I have poison ivy. My forearm has gotten red, swollen, and sore. But prednisone really adversely messes with my emotions. Can anything else be done?

I have poison ivy. My forearm has gotten red, swollen, and sore. But prednisone really adversely messes with my emotions. Can anything else be done?

Topical treatment: Cold soaks, potent steroid gel like clobetasol and calamine lotion twice a day will help improve poison ivy. Make sure there is no superimposed infection. If there are pustules or pain, please see your doctor right away.

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Put on prednisone today 3 tablets twice a day for throat soreness. Is my immune system suppressed now from steroids, and if so how do I stay healthy.

Minimal suppression: The key to the immune system being suppressed from prednisone is typically based more on the duration of therapy. (assuming you are otherwise healthy) Short term use days to couple weeks can be fairly safe. Still would rec healthy eating, avoiding people you know are sick, and good hand washing is probably key to decreasing your risk of infection.

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My mom has a sore leg she is on warfarin. Burning pain was bruised diabetic on prednisone?

My mom has a sore leg she is on warfarin. Burning pain was bruised diabetic on prednisone?

Watch out: For the stomach when on Prednisone and warfarin, its eay to get an ulcer so make sure she is using something to prevent ulcers and stay away from nsaids like asa or aleve (naproxen). The sore leg may be nothing but soreness. Is it swollen? Can she walk on it? Does it get worse after aleking a prolonged distance? It may be nothing or it may be something; so other medical issues I wouldn't blow it off, call pcp.

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On christmas day I had a terrible sore throat. It's gone now, but my allergies have gotten worse and I can barely breathe. Medicine? I'm on prednisone

M.D. visit: Please see comment listed below. I would advise seeing a physician right away, since you are experiencing difficulty breathing. They may give you additional medications and/or a higher dose of prednisone.

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Started prednisone 30mg 2x/day on tuesday. Tryong to determine if allergies are the problem. Very sore throat and achey muscles today. Super stressed.

Started prednisone 30mg 2x/day on tuesday. Tryong to determine if allergies are the problem. Very sore throat and achey muscles today. Super stressed.

Allergies: If your trying to determine if allergy is the problem, see an allergist or ENT doctor who does allergy evaluation and get skin testing done. You have to wait a couple weeks after completing steroids because that will suppress your reactions to testing.

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Really dry sore throat could it be thymus? I had a sore throet last time lasted ages chest ache not helped by antibitoics or prednisone and inhaler

Really dry sore throat could it be thymus? I had a sore throet last time lasted ages chest ache not helped by antibitoics or prednisone and inhaler

Cough: Thymus? No. You mean Thyroid? Big difference. Also no. You have not provided any information about yourself such as medical history. Why were you given prednisone and inhaler for "sore throat"? Did you have asthma, bronchitis or pneumonia? was your throat cultured for proper antibiotic coverage? You may benefit from consulting an ENT if your doctor has not been able to clear your throat problems.

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I had a sore throat for 3 days it went away but now I have a constant cough and I lost my voice I also have asthma so I have been taking prednisone to?

I had a sore throat for 3 days it went away but now I have a constant cough and I lost my voice I also have asthma so I have been taking prednisone to?

Thtat seems right rx: You are taking right meds, I hope in proper doses and using inhaled steroids and bronchodilaters as well it will take time for you to get better, but you need steroids short course and high enough dose to do the job follow with your doctor as you progress.

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