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Oral thrush from cortisone shot?
An_224087 posted:
I had a cortisone shot last week and in the days that followed I seem to have developed a thin whitish/gray coating on my tongue. It sounds strange but I'm just wondering if anyone else had any tongue side-effects from a cortisone shot? Thank you!
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi and welcome to WebMD,

While inhaled steroids (eg. for Asthma) can sometimes lead to Thrush , I don't know whether the same is true when it comes to a shot. Either way, please see your doctor - the sooner the better - to find out for sure what this is and get it treated before it worsens.
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Marti_from_Oh_hi_Oh responded:
You're not alone because I had THREE cortisone shots 3 days ago (on a Friday afternoon in both knees & hip) by the following night my tongue started feeling weird. When I awoke on the 2nd day after, my tongue had a white film covering it & I can't eat because it hurts too much. Unfortunately I'm severely allergic to MANY medicines & leery of trying gentian violet. Hoping the doc calls in diflucan before this gets much worse.
tcwx39 responded:
YES!!! I'm actually suffering from a horrible case of it right now!! My last shot was on June 30th, and within a few days, I started noticing my mouth was burning every time I would eat something. My dentist was the first to notice it, and she gave me a medicinal rinse, which has not worked, and I have an appt with an oral specialist on Aug. 8th. But until then, it burns and hurts so bad, I can't eat anything solid, only soft, cold food, or shakes. I'm not getting anymore shots!!
tcwx39 replied to Caprice_WebMD_Staff's response:
Yes, you CAN get thrush from the shots, I know from personal experience, I have a horrible case of it right now, and I've never had the inhaled steriods, only the shots, and the pills. My last shot was on June 30th, and a few days later, my mouth started burning, and developed a whitish film. I've had to wait so long to get in to see a doctor, that it has became serious enough to where I can't eat solid food now; only drink cold liquid, or soft cold foods such as apple sauce, yogurt, etc.
pfrealtor replied to tcwx39's response:
very interesting..7/14 i had cortisone shots in my wrists....but i also use advair and get thrush periodicly, i see an ent dr who gives me clotrimazole usually works.. i never associated it with the cortisone shot..glad i read this.. now on my way to dr to check tongue same symptoms as above..whitish grayish film..very sore..i never had it on my just may b from the shot..i never had this reaction to a cortisone pays to share
comforted replied to pfrealtor's response:
Since 2003, I've been getting cortisone shots for severe RA. I never had problems with oral thrush. I had 13 injections in my neck 2 yrs. ago and was using steroid inhaler for Asthma twice a day. Still no oral thrush. I believe that over time, the build up of constant use of steroid injections and/or inhalers causes a super-infection to take place in warm, moist places in our the mouth. Candidia (thrush) hit me about 4 months ago and I thought I had drank a glass of milk. My ENT dr. said it was the worst case he had seen in yrs.If you use an inhaler I strongly urge you to swish, gargle and swallow milk of magnesium to coat your throat. Use your inhaler. Swish, and swallow water afterward. I have not had another attack of thrush and hope I never do. Hope this was helpful.
PatC66 responded:
I'm not sure if this will be of any help, but I developed thrush in my mouth after taking Amoxicillin and I was prescribed Daktarin gel. This does seem to work but it is difficult to keep on the tongue for many seconds as my mouth fills with saliva and I have to swallow, which in turn causes my mouth to close and the gel just goes. So, although I do get some relief, I think it's going to take a long time.
Anon_234772 replied to PatC66's response:
It could be much worse. My podiatrist , knowing I am diabetic, gave me a cortisone shot. That evening, my A1c shot up to almost 450, and I wound up in hospital.
snowflake600 responded:
Yes, I had a cortisone shot for carpal tunnel and I kept getting a white coating on my tongue and couldn't figure out why. I even had an appointment with my GP and he didn't figure out why.
mjfluta responded:
I have not had a cortisone shot.
Lisatr50 responded:
have been suffering from oral thrush for well over a year now.. i first noticed it happening about a week after my 6 week corticosteroid injections. it would begin to flare up and if i did not treat it with a double dose of fluconizoln then it would effect my privates as well. i had to cancel my last pain injection because i just couldnt deal with the thrush. also my fingertips get very dry and crack. has anyone else had this reaction. i am miserable
101dalmatians responded:
I had two cortisone shots in shoulder and elbow... and have had the same reaction. Plus, a red sore throat.

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