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Dr. Foead Geula
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Steroids (Overview)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can quickly improve the situation.


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Why are cortico steroids prescribed and what are steroids really good for?

Why are cortico steroids prescribed and what are steroids really good for?

Steroids: concern?: Corticosteriods are a natural constant part of the body's own hormone, stress and recovery management. When used in some medical scenarios, - asthma, skin conditions, lupus, other rheumatoid and inflammation based conditions, -- they strengthen the body and promote recovery. They are key players in the body's stress adaptation, for good or bad. They must be carefully used and carefully stopped. ...Read more

Dr. Foead Geula
2,289 Doctors shared insights

Steroids (Overview)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can quickly improve the situation.


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What exactly are topical steroid gels used for?

What exactly are topical steroid gels used for?

Better absorption &: I am assuming you are talking about sex steroids like Estradiol or testosterone. Fewer side effects are likely, because they do not go through the liver first.

If you are talking about corticosteroids, the medicine is on the skin at a higher concetration, sparing the body of steroid aside effects. They are used for inflammatory skin issues. Most forms are creams and ointments, not gels. ...Read more

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What the maximum amount of steroids I can take per week?

No max!: High dose intravenously: 3000mg over one week. Oral high dose steroids rarely needed! ...Read more

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Why would a doctor prescribe steroids to treat hyperandrogenism?

Why would a doctor prescribe steroids to treat hyperandrogenism?

Adrenal problem.: Hyperandrogenism refers to excessive male hormone levels in female patients. Some of the hormones produced in the adrenal glands are mild androgens, and in some conditions these androgens are over-produced. One of these disorders, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, responds to a small dose of daily steroid to greatly reduce the production of the mild androgens. ...Read more

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Prescribed steroid cream for my rash. Didn't realize until after applying, it had pus oozing from it. I wiped it off and applied peroxide. Is this ok?

Prescribed steroid cream for my rash. Didn't realize until after applying, it had pus oozing from it. I wiped it off and applied peroxide. Is this ok?

Pus oozing rash: It depends on the cause of your rash. If you were given the steroid to help treat a skin irritant like posien Ivy, then the oozing is not infectious and the peroxide was not helpful. If on the other hand the rash got infected, it would be red, warm, tender and may ooze, then yes, peroxide and triple topical antibiotic like neosporin would be helpful. If so, you should contact your doc. ...Read more

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Can I use steroids while having chemo?

Can I use steroids while having chemo?

Only if prescribed: Steroids such as Dexamethasone are commonly used to prevent allergic reactions or nausea from chemotherapy. So, as long as your doctor has prescribed the steroids, then it is ok. However, do not use steroids that have not been prescribed by your doctor, it can be very dangerous.
Best wishes,
ariel. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to have kids if I used steroid inhalers for years?

Will I still be able to have kids if I used steroid inhalers for years?

Yes.: There is no significant sytemic (whole body) effect from inhlaed steroids as used for asthma patients. ...Read more

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How effective are steroid creams at treating phimosis?

How effective are steroid creams at treating phimosis?

Children do better: Than adults. 70 -80% respond to steroid creams, if applied correctly. This means pulling back on the foreskin and appling cream to all the skin preventing retraction, or are of narrowing causing a "waist" if the tight foreskin can be pulled over the glans. Apply twice daily for 3 months. Remember always to pull tight foreskin back over glans to avoid paraphimosis. Unfortunately 50% re-phimose. ...Read more

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Why don't nasal steroids work for me? I still feel stuffed up.

Why don't nasal steroids work for me? I still feel stuffed up.

May be other issue: Could be nasal polyps, deviated septum, vasomotor rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, or another condition. See an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can a woman who works out get six-pack abs by exercise alone without using illegal steroids?

Can a woman who works out get six-pack abs by exercise alone without using illegal steroids?

Yes: Definitely "doable" the natural way. Also take a moment to consider your body image & what your goals are. It may be better to focus on general wellness than one particular anatomical feature. What good is a six-pack if you have to stress yourself out to get there? ...Read more

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Can steroids kick in a thyroid in to let me gain wait I have tried everything

No: Steroid treatment is not appropriate for the purpose of weight gain. You should consider seeing your doctor to ensure you're healthy and then also a nutritionist. ...Read more

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Can I safely dilute steroid creams?

Decrease frequency: At first creams are typically used twice a day. Once the condition is under control decrease to once a day and then when possible every other day. This is called weaning, similar to when steroids are used orally. It is better to wean than use stop and restart. Stronger creams should not be used on sensitive area such as inner thighs, armpits, face, because ti can thin skin and cause stretch marks. ...Read more

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How dangerous is anabolic steroid use?

Worst is behavioral: The greatest danger is that the weird moods that steroids produce will cause you to do something that you will regret terribly, horribly, for the rest of your life. Why not play by the rules, obey the law, and get used to the idea that most women prefer a natural bodybuilder? ...Read more

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My son (2.5 yrs old) has been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. Can it only be treated with steroids?

My son (2.5 yrs old) has been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. Can it only be treated with steroids?

No: Nephrotic syndrome at 2 1/2-y-o child is most often caused by minimal change lesion. This type of ns responds well not only to steroids but also to immunosuppressives, i.e., cyclophophamide or cyclosporine. However, this class of medications have much higher toxicity, and therefore, they are reserved for steroid dependent cases who already developed significant steroid side effects. ...Read more

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Is a flushed face a side effect of steroids?

Is a flushed face a side effect of steroids?

Can be: Visit with your doc about this because there are many other reasons for flushing and you may need an evaluation. ...Read more

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Common side effects of steroids?

Common side effects of steroids?

Side effects: Anabolic steroids have serious emotional and physical side effects and should not be used for any non-medical bodybuilding or weight gain. If prescribed for a medical problem you will need strict medical supervision. ...Read more

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For a yearthey have been sayingi have possible ms. Nowtheh say I must have had a virus and it has attacked mynervous system will steroids help?

For a yearthey have been sayingi have possible ms. Nowtheh say I must have had a virus and it has attacked mynervous system will steroids help?

Yes & no: Steroids are helpful for a condition called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which is possibly due to a viral infection. This is a short-term, aggressive condition, not a long-term condition, and steroids are normally used in the early stages.

In MS, steroids are used during severe attacks.

If your symptoms are like these examples, steroids may help. ...Read more

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How long does steroid injections last in the butt locks for joint and arthritis?

How long does steroid injections last in the butt locks for joint and arthritis?

See below: It depends on the severity of the arthritis, but ideally you would want the effects to last for four to six months. ...Read more

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How long do steroids last in your system, im on a 6 day reigamen.

Family practice: A short course of Prednisone will not not remaine in your system long. It's effect however will continue. It's a strong antiinflamatory. Helps with asthma, allergic reactions, or with joint pain. Any concerns discuss with your primary dr. ...Read more

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I m 25y student. Can you tell me steroids are safe for life time.... I take deflazcort 30mg daily in the morning due tuo high IgE level.?

Depends on need: Long term steroid treatment has adverse implications. You and your doctor need to determine the need for taking steroids and balance the need for treatment vs the side effects of steroids, . ...Read more

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I fear I was given steroids to put on weight; it has resulted in me putting on weight. Will the effect of steroids wear off?

Yes: Steroid can cause increase in water retention and an increase in appetite. When you stop the steroids your appetite should return to normal fairly quickely. You will then need to exercise to lose the weight gained. ...Read more

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Has anyone taken prednisolone steroids and librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) at the same time. Interaction side effects?

Has anyone taken prednisolone steroids and librax (clinidium and chlordiazepoxide) at the same time. Interaction side effects?

Don't worry: While each may have side effects, the usual side effects would not typically be additive. Watch for confusion. ...Read more

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Can we mix steroids and antiviral drugs?

Can we mix steroids and antiviral drugs?

Maybe: The answer to this question would depend on the exact medications you are referring to. Ask your physician or pharmacist if your medications will have any interactions. ...Read more

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Recieved overdose of steroid injection into keloid and now there is discoloration on the skin should I be worried? Will it return to normal?

Maybe: While the skin color can be distorted after steroid injections, the color might return given time. Frequently, however, the change may be permanent. Only time will tell. There may be treatment options including laser which may be effective. ...Read more

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What happens to the adrenal cortex if you take too much steroids?

How much? How long?: It depends on the steroids potency (they differ), the length of time you take it, and the amount you are taken. Very modest suppression can occur within a week, because acth production by the pituitary will decrease, but reawaken in a couple of days. However high doses for along period (1mo) will atrophy the adrenal gland and you will need to taperm commencing with an alternate day regimen. ...Read more

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I have heard that many vitamins on sale usually contain some contamination like steroids & other stuff, is this true?

I have heard that many vitamins on sale usually contain some contamination like steroids & other stuff, is this true?

Depends: I think centrum contains nickel and tin as part of the processing. Vitamins do not have to be on sale to contain bad stuff. Got to know the company and see the manufacturing data sheet to really know. Independent testing is also helpful. ...Read more

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I've had back pains for 15years. It's getting worse. I had a procedure, steroids were injected into s chord. Only made it worse. What's wrong? @30yrs

May need Surgery: Chronic back is sometimes very debilitating and frustrating condition. Have you had an mri. See a neurosurgeon. If surgery is indicated other treatment modalities include physical therapy, use of tens machine, proper body alligment, ultrasonic massage, pain pills and muscle relaxants. Results from any of this including surgery and spinal steroids injections are variable. ...Read more

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Is steroid healthy?

Depends: For medical reasons, specific durations and doses of steroids are helpful. But recreationally or for body building, they are not healthy. Steroids have serious long-term side effects even those used in medicine. ...Read more

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Ensure plus is a steroid?

No: Ensure plus is a nutritional drink with protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It does not contain any steroids. ...Read more

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Is an oral steroid a pill?

Yes: You already answered your own question. It is oral. It comes as a pill. ...Read more

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Are steroid shots painful?

Are steroid shots painful?

No: The only painful or uncomfortable sensation is the push of the steroid into your arm. ...Read more

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Characteristics of steroid user?

Characteristics of steroid user?

A B C: Angry.
Big muscles and little head and little, little testicles.
Crazy to do it and really crazy emotions. ...Read more

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How serious are steroids for you?

How serious are steroids for you?

Anabolic steroids?: Glucocorticoids are prescribed after weighing benefits vs the considerable risks, but Anabolic steroids will be used by maybe a million us gym types this year. Lawbreaking & cheating are bad for you, most women prefer a natural bodybuilder, and the greatest danger is to your mind -- you may do something you'll regret terribly. Physical dangers are real but usually less catastrophic. ...Read more

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Where can I buy steroids legally?

In the pharmacy: With a prescription. Steroids are powerful drugs that can cause serious harm if not given under a doctor's supervision. That is why a prescription is needed. ...Read more

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Why oral steroids must be tapered?

Taper?: Generally do not have to taper. Oral steroids are tapered for two reasons. #1 to prevent flare of disease. #2 to reduce likelihood of adrenal insufficiency. Most diseases do not flare when steroids are stopped abruptly (there are some exceptions) - they do flare when stopped too early. Adrenal insufficiency can occur but only with higher dose and prolonged courses of steroids. ...Read more

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Why do steroid shots hurt so much?

Depends: Depends on the doctor, the drug, body part injected and the size of the needle. Actually, when doing procedures the injection of the local anesthetic placed under the skin hurts worse than the needle. A doctor should only use a needs large enough to allow the medicine to flow through the needle. Large needles, of course, are mor painful than small ones. ...Read more