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What Are Steroid Shots Used For
Kenacort-a injection: "injection into joints, tendons, skin or muscle. Injection into joints and tendons may be given as short-term treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, epicondylitis and tenosynovitis. Injections may be given into the skin to treat conditions such as keloids, ganglia, discoid lupus and psoriasis." See: https://www.myvmc.com/drugs/kenacort-a/ ...Read more
Allergies: Steroids are usually given to treat an allergic reaction and sometimes high dose steroids are required for a severe allergic reaction. However, there are times when one tries to avoid steroids if possible in such conditions such as poorly controlled hypertension or Diabetes, an underlying infection or other contraindication to steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spinal Conditions: Many spinal conditions will respond to epidural steroid injection such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, bulging, protruding, extruded discs which are disturbing spinal neural structures. The body has the inherent ability to cure itself given time. Steroids simply reduce inflammation around the neural structures, reduce pain, in order for time for you body to heal. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Anti-inflammatory : I would recommend taking an anti-inflammatory by mouth over a steroid injection. Costochondritis is inflammation of the muscle between the ribs. Underneath that sits the lung. An injection given to deep can puncture the lung and cause breathing problems. I would recommend an anti-inflammatory medication by mouth to treat instead of an injection. ...Read more
Depends: The efficacy of allergy shots (immunotherapy) can be maximized by seeing a board certified allergist. Allergists receive extensive training in treating with allergy shots. In the right patient, they can be curative, and hopefully decrease or eliminate the need for allergy medications. Allergy drops have also been shown to be very effective, but are not yet fda approved. ...Read more
Various: The right answer depends on the severity of your eczema. Remarkable improvements in eczema can be achieved by avoiding water exposure, particularly hot water or prolonged water exposure (removes protective oils), avoid scratching, avoid drying soaps, and use moisturizing lotions. When wet, pat dry rather than rub dry (again, removes the natural barriers that keep the skin healthy). ...Read more
Viscosupplementation: Euflexxa is similar to many other viscosupplementation injections on the market today. I use these types of injections and many patients get significant relief. However, there are patients that don't get much benefit from the injections. I believe it mostly depends on how severe the knee arthritis is. ...Read more
Epinephrine: "Epinephrine is a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs. These effects can reverse severe low blood pressure, wheezing, severe skin itching, hives, and other symptoms of an allergic reaction. Epinephrine injection is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) ." See: http://www.drugs.com/mtm/epinephrine-injection.html ...Read more
Biological memory: During development of a vaccine various protocols are developed looking at the best way to give lasting immunity when a vaccine if initially found helpful. If a single dose will do it, the effort stops there. If they find that immunity is temporary after a single dose, they test different booster patterns(number & spacing) until they come up with one that works for the most people. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Steroids: They are anti-inflammatory. Good wikipedia question.Get a more detailed answer ›
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