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Does a steroid dexamethasone effect your lungs in a bad way or in anyway?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
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In brief: No

It will not affect your lungs in a bad way, as long as it is taken for short periods of time(days to a few weeks ).

In brief: No

It will not affect your lungs in a bad way, as long as it is taken for short periods of time(days to a few weeks ).
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Martin Raff
It may not affect your lungs directly, but steroids may predispose you to infection, particularly reactivation of tuberculosis if you were previously exposed. That will not do your lungs a favor. Before taking steroids you should have a skin test or other test for inactive tuberculosis.
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