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Why do steroids help no matter what problem I have?
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Paul Carter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Reduced inflammation
Corticosteroids, like cortisone, bind to the steroid receptor inside the cells.
This causes the activated steroid receptor to block the formation of chemicals that promote inflammatory immune system reactions. Therefore, steroids help with the inflammatory reaction in any disease process that includes inflammation. This can range from rheumatoid arthritis, to asthma, to sunburn.

In brief: Reduced inflammation
Corticosteroids, like cortisone, bind to the steroid receptor inside the cells.
This causes the activated steroid receptor to block the formation of chemicals that promote inflammatory immune system reactions. Therefore, steroids help with the inflammatory reaction in any disease process that includes inflammation. This can range from rheumatoid arthritis, to asthma, to sunburn.
Dr. Paul Carter
Dr. Paul Carter
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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
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In brief: They affect cells
Corticosteroids function by first binding a receptor inside cells.
Virtually all cells in the body have this receptor which controls development, metabolism, and immunity. Various health conditions may improve with systemic steroids because its effects are so widespread, but long-term use and high doses cause significant side effects. Steroids should therefore be prescribed and used judiciously.

In brief: They affect cells
Corticosteroids function by first binding a receptor inside cells.
Virtually all cells in the body have this receptor which controls development, metabolism, and immunity. Various health conditions may improve with systemic steroids because its effects are so widespread, but long-term use and high doses cause significant side effects. Steroids should therefore be prescribed and used judiciously.
Dr. Alex Martinez
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Injected depo-steroids have been reported to cause osteonecrosis of the hip, a condition that may require hip replacement. Steroid injections more than a few times per year place you at risk for multiple other complications as well. Steroid injections are not the same as "allergy shots" (immunotherapy) so be careful.
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