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What are the medications used to treat polychondritis that has developed after a severe COVID-19 infection?

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Dr. Oliyath Ali

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Published At October 6, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 10, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 68-year-old male. My height is 5 feet 8 inches, and my weight is 121.25 to 132.28 lb. I have been diagnosed with polychondritis, an inflammation of the ears. This complaint started after a severe COVID-19 infection. I have been put on steroids (Prednisolone) for seven months. However, the dose has been reduced to 0.5 mg per day. I also have a connective tissue problem. The complaint was more severe eight months back. Are there any other medications? Kindly advise.

Answered by Dr. Oliyath Ali


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Polychondritis or relapsing polychondritis is an uncommon condition leading to inflammation of cartilages in the body, especially the ear, nose, and lungs. Is your nose also affected? The primary treatment for the condition is corticosteroids which you are already taking. The course of treatment depends on the cartilage involved and the extent of involvement. Also, recently monoclonals are being used for treating relapsing polychondritis. I hope this helps. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Oliyath Ali
Dr. Oliyath Ali

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