Prednisone: How Effective Is It?
Prednisone is a corticosteroid with a wide range of indications. It decreases or prevents inflammation and allergy, helps reduce pain and decreases the amounts of protein in blood.
Although it causes many side effects, Prednisone is quite effective for eczema patients who suffer from bumps and itchy skin. However, a long-lasting period of therapy is needed to reach a stable effect. Actually, Prednisone is mainly used to cure severe eczema conditions, when local therapy is useless. It works great as an immunosuppressant and really helps when prescribed with other pills.
Prednisone may be used for exfoliative dermatitis treatment, and its therapy may take up to four weeks. Besides that Prednisone works well and may be used in cases of psoriasis as well, if compared to systemic steroids. When used for psoriasis clearing, the effect can be seen in a comparatively short period of time. However, as soon as the therapy stops, psoriasis may come back in a more complicated form. In addition, blood pressure must always be under control.
As for treating itching, corticosteroids, including Prednisone, are rarely effective unless some kind of dermatitis is present. It’s dangerous to use it for a long time because of the risk of skin atrophy. Prednisone is the last thing to prescribe; it’s used when all the other remedies appear to be useless. In this case patients get the therapy within 1-2 weeks.
Prurigo may also be cured with the help of this medicine. And, as well as with itchy skin, Prednisone is prescribed in complicated cases of disease. Although side effects are unpleasant, the medication starts working immediately, and improvement is evident since the very beginning of therapy.
When a patient is diagnosed with shingles, Prednisone may be prescribed for pain relief caused by the disease. The combination with acyclovir is the most appropriate here, and it was proved to work much better than placebo. Prednisone is taken to improve bioavailability of Acyclovir – it’s usually the dose of 30 mg twice a day during a week. However, it also suppresses the immune system and makes the skin vulnerable to infections, that’s why Prednisone isn’t prescribed without antiviral therapy.
Seborrheic dermatitis is mainly cured by antimycotic agents in a combination with Prednisone. However, this type of treatment is used only in severe cases of seborrheic dermatitis. As a rule, creams containing prednisone are more preferable than oral pills.
In general, Prednisone is highly effective in releasing pain caused by dermatologic conditions and influencing the immune system, but in case with easy forms of dermatitis it’s better to be avoided. Usually, it becomes a central medicine in the whole system of treatment, i.e. it’s usually combined with other drugs to enhance the effect and relieve side effects.