What are the possible side-effects of a steroid injection?


They include the following and a more detailed list can be found on the manufacturer’s information:

  • Cosmetic changes including reduced skin pigment and/ or dimpling of the skin at the injection site Flushing of the face for a few hours
  • Bruising at the injection site (more likely if you are on blood thinning medications)
  • A temporary Increased pain (up to 2-3 days)Numbness, tingling or increased pain if a nerve has been touched by the needle
  • Tendon rupture
  • Slight vaginal bleeding
  • Diabetic patients may notice a temporary increase in blood sugar levels and should monitor these after the injection for up to 10 days, seeking medical advice as needed
  • Changes in Mood. This is more likely if you or your family have a history of psychosis
  • Increased blood pressure, which is unlikely to be noticeable unless your blood pressure is currently not controlled
  • Post injection joint Infection: This is very rare, one person in 10,000 may experience this. if the area that was injected becomes hot, red, swollen and very painful within 24-72 hours after the injection you should seek urgent medical attention
  • Other infections: Avoid close personal contact with unwell individuals following steroid injection. For example, people with Chickenpox, measles, and tuberculosis, especially if you have not had chickenpox or completed routine childhood vaccinations
  • Anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis is extremely rare in response to injected steroids or local anaesthetic. You will be asked to wait for up to 30 minutes after the injection to ensure you do not have any immediate adverse reaction to the injection


You will be asked to wait for 30 minutes after the injection to ensure there is no allergic reaction to the drugs.


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