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A 33-year-old member asked:

do topical steroid creams have any internal effects?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
They can: A little of the cortisone can be absorbed into the body. Part of this depends on how muchis placed on your body. You can discuss this with your physician

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to take steroids during preterm labor?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Yes: Steroids are given during preterm labor to help speed up a baby's lung maturity and also decrease the risk of a baby having brain bleeds when they are born very young.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Can steroids help reduce swelling caused by encephalitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Antiviral medications such as Acyclovir or gancyclovir can be successful in treating herpes encephalitis, especially if started early in the illness. Anti-seizure medications and corticosteroids are added to the treatment regimen, if necessary.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
"rules of 2": If you use a rescue inhaler like albuterol more than twice per week, wake at night with asthma symptoms more than twice per month, or refill albuterol more than twice per year, then you may need inhaled steroids to help control your asthma. A breathing test performed by an allergist or pulmonologist can be helpful in deciding whether inhaled steroids should be used as well.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Why does mild steroid based cream make my skin feel tight?

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Dr. Barry Resnik
Dermatology 31 years experience
Creams dry skin: Creams tend to dry skin, while ointments tend to trap water and moisten skin. When we treat inflammation in the skin, we always try to imagine a "skin/water/cream" sandwich, to avoid dryness.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

When do you need epidural steroid injections?

4 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 18 years experience
Failed other options: Epidurals are often used to help relieve pain from an inflammed disc or pinched nerve. These may be used to relieve back pain after a conservative trial of medication, physical therapy, and rest.

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