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Many friends get a steroid shot for a head cold that dryes them up.Is this a standard way to care for a URI or just a short term" feel better".?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Only justified when

Only justified when you have severe sinusitis where the mucous lining is so piled up that you have outflow obstruction.
Generally, steroids should be avoided in viral or bacterial sinusitis. I see this done, as a feel-good bandage.

In brief: Only justified when

Only justified when you have severe sinusitis where the mucous lining is so piled up that you have outflow obstruction.
Generally, steroids should be avoided in viral or bacterial sinusitis. I see this done, as a feel-good bandage.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Steroids are anti inflammatory, so they reduce inflammation.
The reduction in nasal inflammation may aid congestion, but this is not a cure, and at most will only last 24 hours. I am not sure where they get this treatment, but i would not go to that provider.

In brief: See below

Steroids are anti inflammatory, so they reduce inflammation.
The reduction in nasal inflammation may aid congestion, but this is not a cure, and at most will only last 24 hours. I am not sure where they get this treatment, but i would not go to that provider.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Overkill, bad idea

Steroids, "cortisone" are powerful anti-inflammatory medicines that can be extremely helpful, even life-saving for appropriate conditions.
They also have numerous and serious side effects. Using them to lessen cold symptoms is like fly fishing with a cruise missle.

In brief: Overkill, bad idea

Steroids, "cortisone" are powerful anti-inflammatory medicines that can be extremely helpful, even life-saving for appropriate conditions.
They also have numerous and serious side effects. Using them to lessen cold symptoms is like fly fishing with a cruise missle.
Dr. John Weeks
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