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A 40-year-old member asked:

why aren't athletes allowed to take steroids?

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Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 17 years experience
Complicated: The word "steroid" is confusing to many, as there are two classes of drugs: corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. Atheletes may not take the *anabolic* kind because it gives them an unfair competitive advantage in building their muscles. *Corticosteroids*, on the other hand, are used to treat inflammation and may be used for everything from bursitis to asthma. Athletes may take those, no problem.

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Do steroids induce rosacea?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: Topical or internal steroids can aggravate or cause rosacea in predisposed individuals.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will I have to take steroids to treat my psoriasis?

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No: There are many new options for treating psoriasis. You should see a dermatologist to explore them.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How are corticosteroids and steroids different?

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Broadness of term: Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that are similar to cortisol, a steroid that is naturally produced by the adrenal glands that sit on top of one's kidneys. Corticosteroids are a type of steroid. Anabolic steroids are a different type of steroids which are often abused by people wanting to "bulk up" or improve their weightlifting artificially.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

When is the best time for me to initiate therapy with inhaled steroids?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Persistent asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory condition triggered by genetic & environmental factors. Once asthma is diagnosed, the severity is determined by how often it causes symptoms as well as lung function tests. For asthma that is persistent (symptoms > 2x per week), inhaled steroids should be started. If asthma subsides and causes symptoms only intermittently, the steroids may be decreased or discontinued.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Are steroids effective against mono?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Sometimes used: Steroids such as Prednisone are sometimes used in the treatment of mono, such as to shrink down extremely enlarged tonsils so that a patient can breathe and swallow properly while his mono illness gradually subsides.

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