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Cortisone is a steroid hormone that is released by our adrenal glands in response to stress. Cortisone, along with epinephrine, increases the blood pressure and prepares the body to take action during danger (flight or fight response).

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Can cortisone help if taken before transferring an embryo?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know, can Cortisone help if taken before transferring an embryo? And if it can help so, in which way?  Read Full »

Dr. Neha Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, Cortisone can increase the chance of getting pregnant. It decreases ACTH production (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and increases pituitary gonadotropin release, thereby increasing the chance of pregnancy. If you have a doubt then get back to me.  Read Full »

I have dark circles and hyperpigmentation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had undergone a Co2 laser treatment around my eyes about three and half years ago. Now, I am left with dark circles under the eyes along with hyperpigmentation and redness. About one and half weeks back, the doctor prescribed me a cream that has Kojic acid 1%, Glycolic acid 5%, Betam...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and reviewed the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I suggest you a moderately potent topical steroid like Fluticasone propionate 0.05 % cream, twice daily for a few days. Prescription hyperpigmentation treatment ca...  Read Full »

I have had a Cortisone shot. When can I have a surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a Cortisone shot 10 days ago. It did not help. I will most likely be undergoing surgery for a hip arthroscopy and/or sports hernia. How long do I have to wait after the cortisone shot to have surgery to not risk infection? Also, I take 500 mg turmeric, a multivitamin, 2400 mg vit...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are two schools of thought regarding the risk of infection in total knee/hip replacement after local steroid injections. As the causes of infection are multifactorial, results favoring both schools of thought are seen. Since you are only undergoing arthroscopy ...  Read Full »

My skin got damaged after the use of cortisone cream. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am trying to find a way to heal my skin after abuse of cortisone creams. Quite specifically, in between my eyebrows, my skin is seriously thin and looks damaged. I stopped using the cortisone creams before four years, and I was given them to use due to allergic rea...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How long did you use cortisone cream over the face?Repair of steroid-induced damage requires a lot of patience. In mild to moderate cases, gentle cleanser - Cetyl alcohol based with barrier repair agents containing Ceramide and Hyaluronic acid suffice. In cases where d...  Read Full »

Can cortisone injection help in treating tennis elbow?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is 71 years old, and she is suffering from pain in the right arm for more than a month now. She has pain in the elbow, shoulder, wrist, and fingers. She is not able to grip even light objects with the fingers. We consulted an orthopedic doctor, who is suspecting tennis elbow. He ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is very unusual for a 71 year old¬†woman to get tennis elbow, so I am not sure that it is the correct diagnosis. Assuming the diagnosis is correct, then I will recommend waiting and continuing physiotherapy, ultrasound therapy, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve ...  Read Full »

I have a lesion on my face for the past three months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had this lesion on my face for over 3 months, it has not gone away. My doctor injected it with Cortisone and sprayed nitrogen oxide on it, and it has not helped. He is not sure what it is but thought it could be lichen planus or lupus. However, those treatments have not been eff...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If a biopsy was done, then it should give you the exact diagnosis. At present, since you have undergone the procedure, the image of the lesion must have been altered. In lichen planus histopathology, basal cell degeneration and interface dermatitis with colloid bodie...  Read Full »

Will Cortisone injection cause ganglion cyst formation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I received a second round of a cortisone shot in my wrist on 18th May for wrist tendinitis. During the injection, it hurt much worse than the first shot. I have been told to keep my wrist in a splint at all times. My wrist is still bruised where the injectio...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the brief history you have given, it seems like there is not much to worry about. First of all, I need to know some more detailed points. Where exactly in the wrist the shot was given? I mean is it the extensors of the thumb (de quervain) or is it for any other ...  Read Full »

My face has broken out worse than before. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old female. My face is heavily broken out worse than ever before with patches of flaking and peeling of skin over the oily areas. I have had acne since the age of 9, and have had psoriasis since I was 7 which tends to appear on my face during winter and on the rest of m...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have inflammatory acne (moderate to severe grade). The flakiness over the oily skin zone is perhaps due to associated seborrheic dermatitisor sebopsoriasis....  Read Full »

What could be done to treat eczema on my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I had eczema on my penis. I have been using Anustat for four days, and it is not getting better. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through the image you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Are you sexually active and had any unprotected sex? Kindly revert with the answers.  Read Full »

I took cortisone for Still's disease. When will it last?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 53 year old female. I have had a cortisone injection for a flare up of adult-onset Still's disease. I would like to know, how long the cortisone stays in the system?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello,Welcome to has a short half-life and is cleared from the system within 4 to 6 hours. That is why it is given three times a day.Hope this helps you and get back if you have any doubts.For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www....  Read Full »

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