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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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 »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 and v...  Read Full »

I was taking the tablet Budesonide for COVID, now showing heart palpitations as a side effect. How should I taper off from this drug?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been taking the tablet Budesonide for eleven days to treat COVID-19. The symptoms started eight days before taking this medicine. It has helped my breathing a lot. My doctor advised me to stop taking it because I was developing swelling in my sinuses and eyeballs, so I discontinu...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern. According to your statement, you were on a steroid tablet Budesonide, but you stopped using this medication because of developing some side effects like swelling of sinuses and eyeballs. 1 ml of suspension contains 0.25 mg Budesonide, so 2 ...  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 »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Why are the rashes in my anus and testicles not subsiding with steroids and antifungals?

Query: Hello doctor, I have rashes in my anus, sides of my testicles, and lower testicle skin area. The whole area turns red with scratching. I have had this for more than a year. So, I have consulted with a dermatologist and tried several products suggested by pharmacists. I tried Corticosteroids, Zinc...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have gone through your case (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). In my opinion, steroids alone cannot help. Combination of Clotrimazole and steroid are usually effective along with oral medicine. Most of the time, this problem is chronic and runs for...  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 »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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), s...  Read Full »

My friend gets chest pain after using inhalers. Kindly suggest an alternate medicine.

Query: hello I have a friend who is smoking since the 5th grade, she stopped smoking 4 months ago she was diagnosed with COPD. she gave her an inhaler Symbicort but when she takes it she has chest pain they change it for her flutiform she had also severe chest pain. she is 23 years old 43 kg  Read Full »

Dr. Nasir

Answer: Good day to you ma'am I have gone through your problem and its seems that your friend might be having some of the side effects of one of the medicines in the the inhaler.the inhaler that she is using contains two medicines. one of them is a beta 2 adrenergic receptor agonists and other is Corticost...  Read Full »

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 »

Dr. Nasir

Answer: Good day to you Ma'am 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 and given externally for a long tim...  Read Full »

What medicine is used for itching and rash?

Query: Hi doctor, I am itching on my palms and fingers. There is redness and small hives. It has been one week now. I have also developed a rash near elbow and wrist. The itching is more when I wake up in the morning. I have attached the images along. The rash is on both of my hands. I am studying agric...  Read Full »

Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The quality of your pictures was unfortunately not very good, but decent enough to allow me to make a provisional diagnosis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems that you are suffering from a form of contact allergic eczema. It is an eczema in resp...  Read Full »

Can allergic rhinosinusitis occur without mucus production?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. Last month, I sneezed the whole day and produced a lot of clear mucus. Two days later, mucus dried up, but I felt pressure on my head and slightly swollen and painful lymph node on my right jaw. This persisted until today. What I could feel was no mucus, nas...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not panic. Your symptoms are completely away from cancer. You think you do not have mucus, but you may have a lot of collected mucus inside your sinuses. The mucus can be thick enough to be stuck into sinuses and could not be drained easily through the nose. You ...  Read Full »

My wrist pain is better at rest and comes back on work. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have wrist pain (right wrist), tingling feeling when trying to pick something up or when writing or holding a spoon/fork (right hand), forearm gets slightly bigger when massaged and gets back to normal size when iced, pain radiated all the way to my upper back (at one certain point/...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement you have been suffering from right wrist pain, tingling sensation during picking up or writing or holding something, forearm becomes slightly bigger during messaging, and pain radiated towards the upper back. B...  Read Full »

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