Corticosteroids are a group of drugs that are used to reduce inflammation in the body and help in relieving symptoms such as itching, redness, and other allergic reactions. Corticosteroids are a type of steroid hormone that is naturally produced by the adrenal cortex, and the drugs used are its synthetic analogs. They are prescribed for Addison's disease, asthma, lupus, hay fever, etc.
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Will Prednisone inhalation show changes in thyroid levels?
Query: I went to the hospital at the beginning of last month for an allergic reaction. I was given inhaled Epinephrine and 2 shots of Prednisone. 2 days later I went back to the ER for the same thing and was given another shot of Prednisone and put on a 5 day treatment of Prednisone, 80mg a day. It turns o... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to iCliniq.com. I have read your problem. The thing about corticosteroids is that they mimic some of the hormones that are produced in the body. There is something known as HPA axis which is basically hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. If corticosteroids are given externally for a lon... Read Full »
Should I worry about sudden drop in neutrophil and WBC count?
Query: Hi doctor,I am a 30-year-old woman. I have recently lost a pregnancy at 19 weeks due to membrane rupture. I had induced abortion with Misoprostol two weeks back and there is no complication since. I have had a CBC done almost every week from the starting of my pregnancy and they were all absolutely ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: The WBC count (white blood cell) varies on day-to-day and hourly basis and also depending on variable internal factors. Corticosteroids can affect WBC count, particularly neutrophils. At present, maybe due to stress, wh... Read Full »
Please suggest treatment for Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis.
Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis disease and it is chronic. My father has glaucoma. I have been using steroid eye drop. They are Fluorometholone ophthalmic suspension and Restasis eye drop. I have been having this eye problem since about two years. I am attac... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The proposed treatment for TSPK- Thygeson's superficial punctate keratitis remains artificial tears and topical corticosteroids, which you are using, topical Cyclosporine (Restasis) and soft contact lenses if required. The improvement and success of these t... Read Full »
Why do I become very dark if I stop using Clobetamil G cream?
Query: Hello doctor, I am using Clobetamil G cream since four years. But I did not get any irritations or side effects. But, if I stop using that cream I become very dark. If I consult a doctor, there is no use but if I use that cream again I will become very fair. Maybe my skin is addicted to this cream. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Clobetamil (Clobetasol and Gentamycin) is a strong topical corticosteroid cream, it is not a fairness cream. Clobetamil makes your skin very thin. That is why you feel you are getting fair. Thinning of skin makes it more sensitive to sunlight. Clobetamil is useful for ecz... Read Full »
Why did my face turn red after I stopped using Betnovate cream?
Query: Hello doctor,I have got a red cheek. How can I cure this? Is this rosacea or any other? I used to use Betnovate cream before. Once I stopped using it, my face started to become red. And now it is even redder. Is it because I stopped using that cream? And can this problem be solved? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history, I take that you are already confirmed with acne rosacea. Please understand that there may be various factors contributing to this inflammation, vascular (blood vessel) involvement, hereditary, demodex mites, exposure to UV light (need to avoid), st... Read Full »
Why do ears pop after plane journey?
Query: Hello doctor, I have flown very often in the last few years. I forgot to wear earplugs and slept on a few flights recently. On the last two trips, I had multiple flights connecting. I noticed my ears did not stop popping after a few days. Since my last flight, my right ear has not cleared up.... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Simply it is a eustachian tube dysfunction. Ear infection which needs an antibiotic must be accompanied by ear pain. Ear drops do not have any role in the treatment of middle ear infections. I think that you need an anti-edematous and anti-inflammatory like Alphintern ... Read Full »
I feel sudden chest discomfort and breathlessness. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a girl of 20. My height is 167 cm and weight is 75 kg. Over the past one week, I am having high discomfort and pain in my right chest when I breathe. The pain radiates to the right shoulder and right arm too. When I sneeze or blow my nose up, the pain is severe. I cannot explain this... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have a history of frequent chest infections in the past, which were associated with wheezing, secretions and fever as well, I would suggest you to consult a pulmonologist or a chest physician in person. Your symptom of chest pain, which increases on deep respi... Read Full »
Why do I keep getting reddish-pink bumps on my skin?
Query: Hi doctor, For the past seven months, I have been getting these reddish pink non-itchy bumps on my skin. They are round to oval and small to big. When they first appear, they were all over my arms, abdomen, back and on my thighs. Now they randomly show up here and there. I had a large one in my elbo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and do understand your concern. I need to get a few more details about your lesions. On an average, how long do the individual lesion last before settl... Read Full »
Is it safe to use Corticosteroid cream on cheeks for eczema?
Query: Hi doctor, I have eczema. There is redness in my cheeks. I have used Corticosteroid cream for six days. Are there any side effects in using it? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Corticosteroids should never be applied without a doctor's advise. Also, there are certain steroids which should never be applied on the face. If you could send me photos and details, I will be able to give you proper suggestions. Till then, do not use anything on your... Read Full »
I have been taking corticosteroids for autoimmune polymyositis, and I am wondering if it is causing osteoporosis. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 43 year old male. I had been diagnosed with autoimmune polymyositis four years ago. I was previously a sportsman for most of my life with a reasonably healthy diet. I have been on Prednisolone and Azathioprine for four years, on Methotrexate for four years and Folic acid. I ju... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Corticosteroids can cause osteoporosis in a very short interval and four years is a long time. It would be difficult to for you to withdraw from corticosteroids as you have been on them for four years. So what can be done is to add up a good quantity of calcium a... Read Full »