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Hi i'm not sure if I got this from the person I have started seeing or if I have had this and never knew. I was given a steroid injection in my lower back for pain from a car accident and two days later broke out in painful bumps down there.  I'm 99.9% sure its herpes. It has been 8 days and it still has not gone away. Just gotten a little better thanks to a friend giving me valtrex. Anyways, My main question is, could the steroid injections have caused this?

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Could be shingles.

Well, pain is caused my inflammation that is part of the immune system.  When you suppress the inflammatory response, you suppress the immune response.  Plus, if they injected it into your low back then they gave your kidneys a good dose of it.  Kidneys are very important in the immune system.



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I actually got a full check up of stds after being with him (of course not herpes) and shingles came back negative..I did show that I had a pretty bad yeast infection..but I never heard of bumps from a yeast infection...but now I feel sick, feel feverish, throat hurts, ect ect.. :(

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Glucocorticoid steroids are immunosupressants thus probably the reason you broke out. It's also possible you have a really bad yeast infection. I know some yeast infections can develop sores, but unfortunately, you are better off following your gut.

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I believe the answer is yes.  I have no experience with it, but other members here have posted that they were given prednisone (which is a steroid) and it caused them to break out.  At the very least, it's a possibility.

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