Side Effects Of Steroids

Oral and topical steroids are used for several autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. The common side effects include acne, cataract, easy bruising, high blood pressure, insomnia, muscle weakness, bone weakness, mood swings, water retention, and high blood sugar levels.

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I am experiencing an acne outbreak. Are steroids I take for joint pain causing it?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently started experiencing an acne outbreak. I am in my mid-thirties, and I never had acne growing up. However, the attack began two years ago after I started experiencing joint issues. The doctor gave me a steroid for my joint pain, and since then, I have had an outbreak of acne....  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. You seem to have late-onset acne. It can start at any age but is more common in the 20s or 30s. Genetics and hormonal disturbances influence the condition and can be associated with or without the polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) ...  Read Full »

My eyesight is getting worse due to pain in the corner of my left eye. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. I have pain in the corner of my left eye for the past one year. I went to the doctor, and he gave me Sterdex. I used it and felt better. My pain went away. After a few months, I started to have pain, but it was not so severe as the first time. I wear glasses and lenses...  Read Full »


Dr. Manish Mahabir

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Minimize the use of steroids as much as possible to avoid side effects such as an increase in eye pressure leading to glaucoma. Both Sterdex (Dexamethasone) and Chibro are steroids. They may relieve your symptoms in the short run but may harm your eyes if used for long ...  Read Full »

My mother takes six pills of 20 mg of Prednisone every other day. Does this pose any danger?

Query: Hello doctor, My 76 years old mother has a kidney infection. The doctor prescribed 20 mg Prednisone, and she is to take six pills every other day. I have taken Prednisone before, and I know the danger of this medication. Are six pills of 20 mg Prednisone every other day too much?  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Steroids are not used in infection. In fact, if a person has an infection, then steroids will flare it and result in septic shock, as they decrease immunity. If a doctor has prescribed it, that means the kidney infection is less likely. She might have some degree of acu...  Read Full »

Can individuals suffering from stills disease for 15 years take steroids for bodybuilding?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from Still’s disease from the past 15 years, and I was 13 years old at that time. Now I am 28 years old, and I have no problems from the disease since the past seven years. The treatment was with Methotrexate and Medrol (Methylprednisolone). From the past seven years,...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.If you take anabolic steroids, your Still's disease will not come back. The only concern while using steroids in your case would be that if you use them, and later stop in life, your Still's disease may relapse.You may develop adult-onset Still's disease. So my best opini...  Read Full »

After taking Betnelan for two years, my face has turned black. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21 year old male, five years back, I started taking Betnelan 0.5 mg for asthma. After 5 to 6 months, my body was swollen, and my face color has turned black after two years of consuming this medicine. I reduced taking the medication slowly, and my swollen body has recovered. But, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You might be suffering from a cushingoid appearance with steroid facies. Please send few photographs of your face taken under natural light. Revert with more information to an allergy specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/allergy-speciali...  Read Full »

Can long-term use of Panderm Plus cream harm your skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am using Panderm Plus for the past three years, and I could see a big difference on my face. When I started using it, my skin was very dark, but now everyone notices my skin tone and compliments it. But when surfing the internet today, I found that it can affect my skin when used ...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Panderm Plus (Terbinafine, Clobetasol, Ofloxacin, and Ornidazole) cream has Clobetasol proprionate as one of its ingredients which is the most potent topical steroids. Steroids are not recommended for facial pigmentati...  Read Full »

Will continuous intake of Budesonide cause a bitter taste with a swollen face?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis last year, and her treatment is going very well. Currently, she is taking Budesonide 6 mg and Azoran 75 mg. She also takes Insulin, Actrapid Flexpen, and Basalog One to control her blood sugar fluctuations, as she has diabetes also. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all the test reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, swelling of the face is a prominent side effect of long term use of steroid therapy. This she has to face if the use of steroids is indispensable. However, if in any case, it can be...  Read Full »

I got infected with HSV-1 a few days back. Will it affect daily lifestyle in future?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with HSV-1 four months back, HSV IgG was positive, and IgM was negative. I am a healthy person, and if I keep myself away from HIV, will I still have HSV outbreaks after 60 years of age? HIV is the only known immunocompromised state. Will a cold, flu, thyroid, diabete...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are not immunosuppressed, then HSV (herpes simplex virus) outbreaks will not increase at 60 years or later. General ill health can cause an outbreak, but thyroid disorders, diabetes, flu, and cold will not cause an outbreak. Sore outbreaks at any time without any ...  Read Full »

Does steroid cream work for itchy foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old male. I have constant itching in my foreskin for more than five years. The itching gets better after washing that area. I used a steroid cream and it caused thinning of my foreskin. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thanks for your query.Foreskin itching is a common problem and should never be treated with steroids as steroids reduce inflammation and worsen the infection.This itching is due to a fungal infection. The treatment is retracting the foreskin and gentle and thorough clean...  Read Full »

Are skin rash, dry eyes, and fatigue signs of black fungus?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from skin rash, dry eyes, and fatigue for more than a month. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Could you explain your symptoms elaborately? Have you done any laboratory investigations for this issue? Kindly revert to help you better. Regards.  Read Full »

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