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Why do corticosteroids slow healing?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: BAsic Science

When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling).
This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Steroids (as well as motrin/advil) are anti inflammatory which means they slow down healing by reducing/stopping the processes of inflammation.

In brief: BAsic Science

When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling).
This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Steroids (as well as motrin/advil) are anti inflammatory which means they slow down healing by reducing/stopping the processes of inflammation.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

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Corticosteroids inhibit macrophage function, a cell that is essential for wound healing.

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Corticosteroids inhibit macrophage function, a cell that is essential for wound healing.
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