Corticosteroid side effects may cause weight gain, water retention, flushing (hot flashes), mood swings or insomnia, and elevated blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Any numbness or mild muscle weakness usually resolves within 8 hours in the affected arm or leg (similar to the facial numbness experienced after dental work). Patients who are being treated for chronic conditions (., heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis) or those who cannot temporarily discontinue anti-clotting medications should consult their personal physician for a risk assessment.
Yeast infection is usually associated with intense itching alongside other symptoms that vary depending on the nature of the infection. When it is generalized, that is involving most areas of the skin, yeast infection causes an offensive smell and the pooch’s skin often appears oily and scaly or crusty . Localized cases of yeast infection usually involves the ears, anal area, toes, or muzzle and may be manifested in constant scratching of the affected area and paw licking alongside other symptoms such as hair loss, black spots (hyper-pigmentation), and crusty skin.
Analgesic drugs can be used for pain relief. In addition, there are a number of prescription pharmaceuticals, including anti-depressants and psychotropic drugs, which can help with the behavior modification process. Appropriate flea and tick control are invaluable if the hot spot is related to external parasite infestation or allergy. Normally, hot spots are not removed surgically, because it is difficult to close an incision site on the top of the wrist and paw. Bandaging and physical restraint (Elizabethan collars, BiteNot collars, others) are almost always necessary, at least early in the course of treatment. Newer treatments, including laser therapy and cryosurgery, may be less likely to cause wound breakdown and pain. They also can destroy nerve endings, helping to break the itch-lick-chew cycle.