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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

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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?

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

It all depends: It all depends on the type of steroids you are taking and for what condition. However, the most important element of steroid use is the time. The longer you take any steroid the more hazardous it becomes for your health. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: steroid use?

It depends: There are several different types of steroids. Anabolic steroids are often used to gain muscle mass and are the "steroids" that are baned in professional sports/olympics, etc. These can be dangerous if taken innapropriately. Corticosteroids are used commonly to treat inflammation and are found in many different medications, and can be used in joint injections, etc.Hope that answers your question. ...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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