Oral Steroids

Oral steroids are potent medicines that taken orally and are used to reduce inflammation in many conditions. They are available as pills and liquid. Some of the commonly used oral steroids include Prednisolone, Dexamethasone, and Prednisone.

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In how many days does the swelling due to nephrotic syndrome in a baby reduce?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter, 2.8 years old was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. She had swelling in limbs, private part, stomach, and eyes. She also had slight cold during that time, but no running nose or cough. I have attached her reports. From the last one week, we started medicine, post which ...  Read Full »


Dr. Tarek Algamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can see clearly that your daughter’s condition is improving (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is the nephrotic syndrome of minimal change type as usually comes in the children. The reason behind less improvement in the private area and stomac...  Read Full »

I have a severe poison ivy rash that has spread over the last week. Can I use Calamine lotion instead of oral steroids to overcome it?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a medical student. I have severe poison ivy contact dermatitis. The rash started on my left arm and has spread over the last week. I have small papules that are all over my body but not on my face or genitals. Through the investigation I have done, I have been able to gather that I...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the reaction is in the spreading phase, you need a course of steroids orally. But taking a short course of steroids for only six days does not require tapering. Also, there will not be any rebound effect. I suggest you apply Betamethasone twice daily for 14 days. In ...  Read Full »

I am COVID positive. Can steroids help me in relieving my wheeze and phlegm?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 46-years-old with 200 lbs in weight and 5'6 ft in height. I have been COVID positive for the past four days. I have been asthmatic since the age of three. Now, I have wheezing and phlegm with minimal nose drainage. Wheezing is not easing up with rescue inhalers. But I can do everyday ...  Read Full »


Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. No need to worry. This COVID is mild and just like regular flu. It is not causing any severe illness. Secondly, your bronchial asthma is worsening, and you will need low-dose steroids to control it. I suggest the following medications help yo...  Read Full »

How to know the reason for my big toe pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering lately from pain in my big toe joint. It is very severe that I could not sleep two nights when I ran out of painkillers. I thought it might be a gout attack. Because I do have gout. Though my uric acid levels are mostly high, I do not really watch what I eat. My tr...  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your detailed description, it is gout unless proven otherwise. The reason I say this is your past medical history of gout. Swelling of the great toe and adjoining area with excruciating pain is called podagra. It is the most common presentation of gout. E...  Read Full »

Why is the skin around my eyes itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I appeared to have an allergic reaction to something, nearly two weeks ago. I was given antihistamines and a seven-day course of steroids (Prednisolone 40 mg). The allergy seems to subside, but it keeps coming back. I cannot be sure about the cause of this allergy. The surrounding skin ar...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is called as acute urticaria with angioedema. It is basically an allergic reaction, which can be due to change in diet or new medications or idiopathic (sometimes the cause cannot be ...  Read Full »

How dangerous is staphylococcus infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex two months back and developed Streptococcal infection within a day. I took Amoxicillin to get rid of it. Within five days developed yeast infection and got treatment for that. Now, I have reactive arthritis. I got two painless red bumps on the back of my hand and I d...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com Could you give me the exact duration of the disease? Which are the joints involved in your case? For reactive arthritis (painful form of inflammatory arthritis), you do not need much of treatment. It normally subsides by itself. NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammator...  Read Full »

Why was Prednisone therapy given to my father for COVID?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some questions about COVID-19 prednisone therapy. My father just got out of the hospital. The doctor that my sister met online prescribes high doses of prednisone. I just wanted to ask your opinion about this prescription. My father recently suffered from a perforated peptic ulcer...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. May I know what the prescribed dose of prednisone is? I will be happy to help you further. Thank you.  Read Full »

My mother takes six pills of 20 mg of Prednisone every other day. Does this pose any danger?

Query: Hello doctor, My 76 years old mother has a kidney infection. The doctor prescribed 20 mg Prednisone, and she is to take six pills every other day. I have taken Prednisone before, and I know the danger of this medication. Are six pills of 20 mg Prednisone every other day too much?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Steroids are not used in infection. In fact, if a person has an infection, then steroids will flare it and result in septic shock, as they decrease immunity. If a doctor has prescribed it, that means the kidney infection is less likely. She might have some degree of acu...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of my hair dye causing hives?

Query: Hello doctor, I have hives along with swollen feet, hands, and lips. Hives are itching. I took tablet Claritin and Prednisone for my hives. I am already taking tablet Abilify and Topamax, and I have dyed my hair recently. I guess these are the two possible causes for my hives. Which do you think wo...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since when have you been taking these medicines? Have the hives occurred before? Are they reducing with tablet Claritin (Loratadine) and the Steroid? We may have to do a skin prick allergy testing or a comprehensive blood allergy profile, including all the possible alle...  Read Full »

I suffer from tinnitus after being exposed to loud gunshots. Will it go away?

Query: Hi doctor,I have tinnitus after being exposed to loud gun shots, as well as a firework being set off only a few feets away from me. The ringing is only in the right ear. It is the fourth day now that it has been going on. I cut steel for a living, and I do wear earplugs at work. But, the additional ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since it is due to recent exposure to loud sounds, there is a good chance that the tinnitus will resolve. You might have to take some steroid tablets or injections inside the ear to relieve any inflammation around the nerve. Also, it becomes pertinent that you get...  Read Full »

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