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A 61-year-old male asked:

when can topical steroids re sume after taking a break from 2 weeks usage?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on details: One's primary care doctor, dermatologist, or allergist who is taking care of the problem needing steroids would be the person to ask. How often to use a course of topical steroids, which steroid (there are many), and how long each treatment course is depends on what the disorder is, how the patient responds to the drug, the patient's whole medical picture, how many courses he will need, etc...

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Do I have to take steroids to get over my eczema flare-up?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
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Depends on severity: Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin. Steroids suppress inflammation. If topical steroids, such as Hydrocortisone cream, reduce the eruption then oral steroid therapy is not needed. If however the topical agents fail to control the inflammation then sometimes oral steroids will resolve the flare-up.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is spiriva a form of steroids?

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Dr. Stephen Kimura
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No: Spiriva is in a class of medications termed anti-cholinergics. These medications when inhaled induce some bronchodilation as well as some "drying" of the airways. It is indicated for COPD and can help the productive cough and wheeze.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

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Dr. Giana Nicoara
Allergy and Immunology 28 years experience
No: It is dangerous however, to let asthma symptoms go untreated. If one needs a rescue inhaler( albuterol) more than twice a week on a regular basis, and the rescue inhaler is used for more than just vigorous activity, that is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled. A controller medication like an inhaled steroid and/ or singulair (montelukast) is needed;.
A 25-year-old member asked:

At what age can kids start taking inhaled steroids?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
When they need it: Infants with wheezing with upper respiratory infections will often benefit from inhaled budesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid administered by a compressor, nebulizer and face mask.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What kind of steroids are inside an inhaler?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Corticosteroids: The type of steroids in inhalers used to control asthma are corticosteroids (cortisone-like). These are not the kind of steroids that are sometimes abused by athletes (called androgenic steroids), so you don't have to be concerned about having those side effects. Still, we must respect corticosteroids; if not used as prescribed, they can cause their own side effects.

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