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Noticed change in skin color after cortisone shot. Is this normal?

Feb 2014
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I had a cortisone shot in my neck today approximately 6 hrs ago. My wife told me that I was pale and looked in the mirror at my face and she is correct. Is this a normal side effect of a cortisone shot???
Posted Fri, 25 Jan 2013 in Vaccinations
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 18 minutes later
Thanks for writing to us.

It is normal. The drug causes the skin to lose the fat underneath so it looks sunken and the drug actually bleaches out the skin.

It will come back to normal with time.

If you have any questions I will be happy to answer.
Please close the query if you have no other questions.

Wishing you good health...
Dr Saurabh Gupta.

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