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Doctor insights on: Steroid Shot Atrophy

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Could I have a steroid shot for strep?

Could I have a steroid shot for strep?

No!: Strep need antibiotics not steroids which will lower your bodies ability to fight the infection ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Depends: On your pain threshold. Some people have no problems whereas others faint at the sight of a needle. However, most steroids for asthma can be given orally too. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot for sinuses make you sick?

Can a steroid shot for sinuses make you sick?

Maybe, I usually: Counsel my patients against steroid injections for sinusitis alone. When steroids are needed for sinusitis, topical steroids or shorter oral tapers are preferred. There are dose-dependent risks of steroid injections. With high/frequent doses, side effects include weight gain, puffiness of the face, acne, elevation of blood pressure, cataracts, thinning of the bones, and avascular necrosis. ...Read more

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Hi. I was given a steroid shot for a URI. How long does it take to feel better?

About a week: Although there has been a recent trend to give steroids for severe colds, bronchitis, etc, a recent research report showed that they have no benefit: healing and symptom improvement are the same with or without steroids. Typical URIs last 7-10 days. ...Read more

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Can I have my Imitrex (sumatriptan) stat dose having had a steroid shot yesterday?

Yes: Sumatriptan is a serotonin receptor agonist used for the managment of acute migraine or cluster headache, and not for migraine prevention. There are no significant drug interactions between corticosteroids and sumatriptan. ...Read more

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I got a steroid shot yesterday for my allergy reaction. Why is it a steroid, will this need get me buff?

I got a steroid shot yesterday for my allergy reaction. Why is it a steroid, will this need get me buff?

3 types of steroids: Dexamethasone and similar drugs are of the glucocorticoid type of steroid drugs, and has uses in a variety of disorders. It has anti-inflammatory effects and suppresses the immune system's activity (thus treats allergic reactions). Anabolic steroids (type of sex steroids) are abused by some people to increase muscle mass. The third type of steroid are the mineralcorticoids (affects salt balance). ...Read more

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Had a steroid shot in hip tuesday and it helped until today and its hurting like it did before shot, is this normal?

Had a steroid shot in hip tuesday and it helped until today and its hurting like it did before shot, is this normal?

Quite common: If you did not get the shot under xray or ultrasound guidance, you likely just had an injection for hip bursitis, a very common condition. You get maybe 2/3 chance that the steroid injection will work. The fluid (steroid mixed with lidocaine) from the injection itself likely gave you the brief relief of couple of days. Changing to different steroid may work better. Consult doc again. Good luc. ...Read more

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Why has my ganglin cyst gotten bigger sense I tried a steroid shot? What can I do for the pain? Would another shot help?

Why has my ganglin cyst gotten bigger sense I tried a steroid shot? What can I do for the pain? Would another shot help?

Common response: Steroid injections or needle aspirations of a ganglion are more often than not unsuccessful unless the needle is manipulated in such a fashion as to cause scaring of the ganglion neck. If injection caused an inflammatory response in the ganglion it would increase in size. I would recommend seeing a hand surgeon to discuss possible excision if the ganglion remains symptomatic. ...Read more

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I'm Having a steroid shot and they give me anesthesia and then in 2 weeks having a colonoscopy where I'll have anesthesia. Is that safe?

I'm Having a steroid shot and they give me anesthesia and then in 2 weeks having a colonoscopy where I'll have anesthesia. Is that safe?

Yes: It may not even be the same type of anesthesia. Often local numbing with an injection is all that is needed when local steroids are administered. With a colonoscopy, usually drugs are administered through a IV line resulting in what is called conscious sedation. A 2 week gap is reassuring. Even when surgeries have to be performed "back to back" in emergency situations, all can be done safely:) ...Read more

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Sciatic pain in both sides for 7 days. We saw family Dr who administered a steroid shot+dose pk. Pain returned. Terrible night. Thoughts?

Sciatic pain in both sides for 7 days. We saw family Dr who administered a steroid shot+dose pk. Pain returned. Terrible night. Thoughts?

YES!: My thought is that you need to see your family doctor back. I assume you had a terrible night b/c you had terrible pain. The steroid shot & dose pack may have alleviated your symptoms but didn't get to the root of the matter. If your family doc is reluctant to investigate further, see a neurologist, orthopedist or neurosurgical spine specialist. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I had a steroid shot at about 10pm last night &it is now 10:30 am. I still have the rash though it seems a bit better. How long before gone completely?

I had a steroid shot at about 10pm last night &it is now 10:30 am. I still have the rash though it seems a bit better. How long before gone completely?

Rash: Steroid shots will last in your body 2-3 days. It is re-assuring that you are improving 12 hours later. Monitor the rash and seek care if not improving with 1-2 days. ...Read more

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How badly can a steroid shot hurt?

Depends on location: Steroid injections in the hand and feet seem to be the most painful. Injections in the knees and shoulders are painful, but to a much lesser degree. Elbow injections are painful as well. ...Read more

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Will steroid shot give you stretch marks?

Will steroid shot give you stretch marks?

No: Can give a lighteneing of the skin or dimple but not stretch marks. Long term steroid use may increase risk of steroid shots. ...Read more

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Can a steroid shot cause you to urine more?

It can: As it can cause your blood sugars to rise and this can cause you to urinate more frequently. It's more likely to happen on those who are diabetes and prolonged steroid use. It can also cause these symptoms if it leads to a complicating urinary tract infection. If you find this particularly bothersome, you should review this with your doctor. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What can be done to get sugars down after a steroid shot?

What can be done to get sugars down after a steroid shot?

Several things: Avoid steroids if possible. Talk to your diabetes doctor before getting steroids to develop a plan based on your usual treatment. If it's too late for those suggestions, be active - try to walk for 5-10 minutes every hour that you're awake. Cut back, or eliminate carbs from your diet until the sugars come down. Just drinking water can often keep sugars below 200-240. ...Read more

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When will the steroid shot wear off if you took it for mono?

When will the steroid shot wear off if you took it for mono?

Quickly: Depends on the preparation used but usually effects are gone after a few days at most. ...Read more

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If I am feeling sluggish can I get a B12 shot or steroid shot?

Only from a quack: Please forgive my frankness. Unless you have a specific illness for which one of these injections is appropriate, you are doing yourself a disservice. If you feel ill or are depressed, get proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What typically happens when an epidural steroid shot does not relieve pain in back?

What typically happens when an epidural steroid shot does not relieve pain in back?

Other options: May need to be considered. Speak with your doctor about these options, epidural steroid injections are only form of treatment for back pain. ...Read more

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How long before I should see improvement in my son with croup after getting steroid shot? How long should croup last

4-8 hours: Generally steroids begin to show an effect after ~4 hours and are working well by 8 hours. If your child received Epinephrine to help him breathe, it may wear off 1-2 hours before the steroid starts to work. Dexamethasone (decadron) has been shown to be the best steroid for croup. Untreated croup tends to worsen for 3-5 days before it starts to improve (as do most viral infections). ...Read more

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Steroid shot in arm and having withdrawal 2 days later, please help?

Steroid shot in arm and having withdrawal 2 days later, please help?

Unlikely: If this is your first shot its unlikely you are having withdrawl. Its more likely you are feeling the excitatory effects of the drug which too will fade. ...Read more

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Should I use steroid shot for pain if I already have type 1 diabetes?

Should I use steroid shot for pain if I already have type 1 diabetes?

Doctor recommend: If your doctor advises a steroid injection, contact your diabetes doctor beforehand to discuss how to adjust your Insulin for the steroid. As long as the steroid effect on blood sugars is compensated for by insulin, problems can be avoided. ...Read more

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What does a steroid shot do for pharyngitis? Does it kill the cause?

What does a steroid shot do for pharyngitis? Does it kill the cause?

Anti-inflammatory;no: Presumably you're referring to a corticosteroid shot rather than an anabolic steroid such as testosterone. Various forms of Prednisone (steroid) can be given as pill or shot, even as cream, all acting as anti-inflammatory to cut down on swelling. However, it doesn't "kill the cause" which is most likely due to either a virus or bacteria. If the latter, need antibiotics. If former, just time. ...Read more

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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more