I have just been prescribed prednisone by my neurologist. 50 mg for 2 weeks, 40 mg for 2 weeks, 30 mg for 2 weeks and then "we will see." This is for Myasthenia Gravis -- my symptoms are not severe and I have not had any breathing problems.
Before taking prednisone, I checked it on Drugs.com. The first warning says, If you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body do not take Prednisone. I do have a fungal infection in my toenails and the bottoms of my feet. I have had it off and on for years and no topical or oral medication has ever completely gotten rid of it -- it always comes back. I am not currently taking any medication for it. What is the potential problem if i take Prednisone even though I have this fungal infection?
Yes, the infection can be worse. However, one can treat with both. This I have done. Nail fungus for me affected toe and finger nails. All were infected along with a staph infection. I was on high dose prednisone. The medication must be taken internally: diflucan (I don't recall if this was it). Anyhow, it may well interact with other meds as it did for me. The physician will decide which is the greater risk or greater need. Nail fungus cannot be treated with a fungus cream. The fungus is under the nail as deep as the nail bed itself. You may lose the nails. They will grow back. If any secondary infections like I had, it can take a good year to regain nail growth. The nails will change contour and develope ridges. Don't worry about it because you have nails. If the nail doesn't grow right it is best to see a dermatologist. One grew down and had to be corrected surgically. Done in the office and not a big deal.
FYI, nail fungus can also happen to people who get their nails done frequently, especially with add on nails. Nails need to grow and be free of polish and attachments without anything on them or fungus will grow. So be sure you give it a rest every couple months. Regrowing nails is a slow process.
14 May 2019
Prednisone will slow down your lymphatic flow. This is why you feel better. Temporarily. Unfortunately, among the many side effects, the lymphatic fluid will build up in your body and eventually disable your lymphatic system and immune system completely. Then your toe fungus will spread through your body like wild fire along with anything else your immune system was keeping in check. Almost killed me and I'm still trying to recover. My opinion is a prednisone should be taken off the market and is a very last resort or even a palliative care drug only. Play now and pay like hell later should be on the label. No long term upside to this drug.
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