Posted by: Anna | 2008/09/04

Allergic reaction to cortisone tablets


It has now happened three times - a major allergic reaction to cortisone tablets and to a cortisone injection. I come up in huge hives, especially across my whole chest and around my knees, but also in other places. It takes at least 24 hours to go away. My face swells up hugely, especially my lips and eyes. I have also vomited on two of these occasions. I have been told one cannot be allergic to cortisone, but my experience has been different. Is there something else in the medication I could be reacting to? As far as I know I am not allergic to anything else, except kiwi fruit.

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Our expert says:
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Dear Anna

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As far as I am aware, you can not be allergic to cortisone or that cortisone can cause an allergic reaction.

Therefore, I recommend that you consult an allergy specialist, in order to find out what is causing your allergic reactions.

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger

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Our users say:
Posted by: EA | 2008/09/07

My daughter of 22 is alleergic to cortisone. She has a severe reaction from Prednisone, and was admitted to hospital. She used the Prednisone after an allergic reaction to Citerizine which she start using for allergic rhinitis. In hospital they gave her Phenergan, which cause such a bad reaction that she was put on a respirator. The specialist confirm that she was allergic to these medication.

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