My area was hit with a very nasty variety of Poison Ivy this past summer. And I ended up getting it something terrible.
I went to a new doctor - first time I had ever been there due to insurance changes - and she prescribed an oral steroid - Prednisone. When I was younger and would get it my old family doctor would give me a cortizone injection and on my way I would be, perfectly healthy within 24-48 hours. This time around I had it worse than I have ever had it in my life. I was covered from head to toe - scalp, torso, extremities, breasts, and even other places I need not mention. I had large (size of a silver dollar, raised 1 inch) blisters on my arms and legs. I contacted the doctor's office after day 5 of taking the steroids but they said that there was nothing else I could do and that the Prednisone would eventually kick in. Needless to say the Prednisone did nothing. Took a month and a half for it to go away. Luckily I only have a few scars from the blisters.
A few weeks after I came down with it, my husband got it in his eye, which I have read is quite seroius. We were on vacation when it happened and thus had to go to a small seasonal medical office. The doctor gave him the injection and it was gone with 5 hours. The doctor actually joked with me about still having the poison ivy and that I should have just been given the shot.
My question is this - have doctors moved away from giving the cortisone or other steroid injection? Or is just that some doctors prefer the oral and others the injection? I am not pregnant and do not suffer from any type of medical condition which I understand can affect a doctor's decision to give the injection.