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Why would a doctor prescribe prednisone when a patient has an infection?

Why would a doctor prescribe prednisone when a patient has an infection?

Not usually used: Most infections are not treated with steroids since many times steroids can make infections worse. On rare occassions, steroid nose sprays are used in the treatment of sinus infections. In rare brain or CNS inections, steroids can be of benefit. I think most physicians would agree that steroids are not typically used for infection. ...Read more

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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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What lung infection would make doctors prescribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

What lung infection would make doctors prescribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

Pneumonia: A severe bronchitis, an asthmatic bronchitis or a pneumonia might be an indication for the drugs you have listed. The Prednisone would help with the inflammatory reaction causing wheezing and shortness of air, the Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic and the Hycodan is to help alleviate the coughing. ...Read more

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A doctor said I have a minor throat infection and prescribed me prednisone and amoxicillin. Is there anything else I can do to help combat it?

A doctor said I have a minor throat infection and prescribed me prednisone and amoxicillin. Is there anything else I can do to help combat it?

If needed, try:: Should be self limited, but can try:
1) gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz of warm water
2) nonprescription throat lozenges, such as sucrets maximum strength are safe and effective and have medicine (local anesthetic) that numbs the throat to soothe pain
3) do not smoke or use other tobacco products
4) try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your sore pain. ...Read more

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Have to have blood work drawn to check on wbc infection but doc started me on prednisone 60mg today. Do I have to get labs before taking the Prednisone? How long of taking the prednisone before it would effect (if at all) my wbc?

Have to have blood work drawn to check on wbc infection but doc started me on prednisone 60mg today. Do I have to get labs before taking the Prednisone? How long of taking the prednisone before it would effect (if at all) my wbc?

Should draw first: Yes if you are to get blood drawn to check the WBC then have it drawn before starting the prednisone. Then you can get a true result without the false increases with the prednisone. The prednisone can cause a change in the WBC within 24 hours of taking but varies some in all situations. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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For what kind of lung infection do doctors perscribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

For what kind of lung infection do doctors perscribe prednisone, levequine, and hycodan (hydrocodone)?

Many: Prednisone is a steroid. It is prescribed to reduce inflamation. Hycodan is a cough suppressant, prescribed to control cough. Levaquin (levofloxacin) is an antibiotic, used to kill infections. Prednisone and Levaquin (levofloxacin) are used in the lungs, but elsewhere too. Hycodan is just for cough. ...Read more

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I had a rash all on my chest. The doctor gave me Prednisone because they don't know what's causing it. It's back now. Could it be bacterial infection?

I had a rash all on my chest. The doctor gave me Prednisone because they don't know what's causing it. It's back now. Could it be bacterial infection?

Rash: A bacterial infection is possible but not common. That said, please have your doctor check for bacterial infection.
If you are not comfortable with your current doctor, ask your family or friends for a different doctor.

Please let me know how things go! ...Read more

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F/u with doc post strep-said no infection but throat is still inflamed, under jaw hurts, still lymphnode swollen- put me on prednisone? Why?

F/u with doc post strep-said no infection but throat is still inflamed, under jaw hurts, still lymphnode swollen- put me on prednisone? Why?

Don t know: I really don t know why you were placed on prednisone, some times with nasal congestion, and obstruction and secretions Prednisone is used to improve this. Patients with some bronchitic component of mild asthma may benefit. ..
But in the 19 th of march 2013 issue of the annals of internal medicine a review on a number of trials states that adding steroids improves pain relief in pt with sore thro. ...Read more

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Dizzy for 6 weeks now. Doc checked all of the above and sent me to ENT. He thinks its an inner ear infection and gave me 10 days of prednisone.?

Dizzy for 6 weeks now. Doc checked all of the above and sent me to ENT. He thinks its an inner ear infection and gave me 10 days of prednisone.?

Vertigo: The semicircular canals that arise off the snail like apparatus of the ear nerve contains endolymph. This fluid moves within those canals to give your brain signals that assess your position sense. An inflammatory condition in these sensitive structures can be triggered by several things, inflammation being common. The inflammation can make you dizzy/nauseous/need to hold on. Hope this will fix it. ...Read more

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I am a 50 years old female just diagnosed wit vey low platelet 4000 the doctor prescribe prednisone to her is that a good option?

I am a 50 years old female just diagnosed wit vey low platelet 4000 the doctor prescribe prednisone to her is that a good option?

Possibly, yes: Thrombocytopenia or low platelets have a variety of causes. It may be immune mediated or Idiopathic which means we don't know the cause. (ITP). It can be transient, acute or chronic or recurrent. It may be associated with hematologic malignancies as well and a bone marrow biopsy may be need.
Prednisone is often the first line treatment and plasmapharesis, vincristine and gmcsf are sometimes used. ...Read more

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What do doctors prescribe prednisone with cephalexin for?

What do doctors prescribe prednisone with cephalexin for?

Caution: Sometimes some doctors are not sure if there is inflammation or infection or both. Main thing is; if viral, don't give abx, if infection don't give prednisone. Exceptions may include asthma triggered by infection. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribe prednisone for my hives for a week. It didn't go away, its been 5months & I'm still taking anti histamine so it won't appear everyday?

My doctor prescribe prednisone for my hives for a week. It didn't go away, its been 5months & I'm still taking anti histamine so it won't appear everyday?

Common: That's common with chronic urticaria, prednisone was to control a flare up, and not to eradicate it altogether, you still have to be on daily antihistamines to control the chronic condition, better see an allergist / dermatologist if you haven't done so already, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Do doctors prescribe 60mg of prednisone for chest congestion?

Do doctors prescribe 60mg of prednisone for chest congestion?

Sometimes: That depends on the cause & the severity. For instance, if a person had severe asthma - Prednisone may be prescribed to help them breath. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribes prednisone?

Why would a doctor prescribes prednisone?

Prednisone: Prednisone is used for many medical conditions. As a corticosteroid, it is mostly used for it's anti inflamatory effect as is the case with poison ivy, asthma, severe allergic reactions, etc. ...Read more

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I'm having p.rosea right now almost 10weeks. And my doctors prescribe me a prednisone and im taking it almost a month. Does prednisone safe in my case?

I'm having p.rosea right now almost 10weeks. And my doctors prescribe me a prednisone and im taking it almost a month. Does prednisone safe in my case?

Maybe, maybe not: Almost all medicines have potential adverse effects. The art of medicine is balancing those against their potential benefit. Side-effects of Prednisone are related to its dose and duration of taking. They include: diabetes, stretch marks on skin, thinning of bones, hypertension, psychiatric changes. Discuss with your doctor whether the ratio of risk to benefit is favorable for you. ...Read more

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I have an upper respiratory infection how long am I contagious? Doctor gave me an antibotic and prednisone do I need both?

URI contagious: If you have a viral upper respiratory infection, two - three days. If you have a bacterial respiratory infection, which may follow the viral uri, generally this is not contagious. Bacterial infections generally follow the insult from the virus. Antibiotics will shorten the duration of a bacterial infection. Prednisone speeds up recovery quickest, but should be used with caution. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to prevent themselves from getting infections from their patients?

...: Universal precautions are the first step towards preventing infections. This means using gloves, gowns or masks when coming into contact with blood or bodily fluids. Universal precautions applies to everyone. Certain infections require additional precautions. Tuberculosis requires airborne isolation. Influenza requires droplet isolation. Mrsa and c diff require contact isolation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more