A 41-year-old member asked:
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what are the safest home remedies for giant cell arteritis?

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Dr. William Davis
39 years experience Vascular Surgery
Steroids now!: The only safe thing for proven giant cell arteritis is immediate high-dose corticosteroids (usually prednisone, 40-60 mg by mouth daily) for at least a few weeks, then tapering the dose. These drugs do have side effects but they usually don't cause immediate, untreatable blindness, which untreated gca can. My next procedure today is a temporal artery biopsy to attempt diagnosis of this condition.
Answered on Jun 7, 2013
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
None: Failure to treat giant cell arteritis promptly with high dose steroids can lead to irreversible blindness, stroke, or other catastrophic complications.
Answered on Aug 16, 2015
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