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What is cortisone?

Cortisone is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, which sit on top of the kidneys. Cortisone helps with the body's stress response and elevates blood pressure. In medical treatments, cortisone injections are used to help decrease joint inflammation or to replace the body's natural cortisone in patients who have a deficiency in production. Cortisone can also be used to treat inflammatory conditions such as asthma, skin disorders, lupus, or ulcerative colitis.
Cortisone is a prescription medication which can be taken to treat a variety of ailments. It can treat skin conditions, arthritis, allergic reactions, hormone deficiency, respiratory diseases, multiple sclerosis, lupus, inflammatory bowel diseases and blood disorders. Cortisone is known as a glucocorticoid steroid and works by decreasing chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. Cortisone is the active ingredient in the brand-name drug Cortone.

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