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From: tansy
Date: 2001-09-03 15:07:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Re: Vaccine and dexamethasone

I'm sure one of our vets can explain it, but as a human
asthma sufferer I have way too much first hand knowledge
of how steroids block allergic reactions. Most of the
sprays used for asthma, the Cortaid cream you put on your
poison ivy or bug bites, and the prednisone taken by
people with severe allergies are all examples of the use
of steroids in treating and or preventing allergic

As, you say you're not a doctor, but I can't believe you
haven't at least used cortisone cream at some point....

I just grabbed the insert from my steroid inhaler, and it
says it works by having, "multiple anti-inflammatory
effects, inhibiting both inflammatory cells and release in
inflammatory mediators." Also of interest, this medication
needs to be used for a week before it is completely
effective, which may be the idea behind using it for
several days before the actual vaccination.


> I'm certainly no doctor but I don't understand how
> this drug could help prevent a vaccine reaction.
> Perhaps one of our vets can explain.
> Katharine

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