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Why would a doctor prescribe prednisone when a patient has an infection?
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Balancing act
It's a balancing act since many of the problems with infections is that an exuberant inflammatory response can occur, which can cause more damage than the infectious agent itself (for example, brain swelling that occurs with encephalitis).
Prednisone dampens the immune response while the anti-infective agent can do its job by controlling the microbe causing infection.

In brief: Balancing act
It's a balancing act since many of the problems with infections is that an exuberant inflammatory response can occur, which can cause more damage than the infectious agent itself (for example, brain swelling that occurs with encephalitis).
Prednisone dampens the immune response while the anti-infective agent can do its job by controlling the microbe causing infection.
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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