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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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 o...  Read Full »

I have mistakenly applied psoriasis ointments on healthy skin, which led to rashes and red patches. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My concern is I have psoriasis and have been under treatment for almost a year now. I actually mistakenly put psoriasis ointments on some healthy parts of my hands, and now it irritates that part of the skin by having rashes and red patches, and also, the skin quality of the healthy pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. As per the history and image provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), red lesions or irritant dermatitis, or exfoliative dermatitis, appears due to skin atrophy which is skin thinning and hypersensitivity due to the ap...  Read Full »

Will long time steroid use for RA prevent me from having children?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male. I have been diagnosed with RA. And another rheumatologist told me I do not have enough symptoms for RA. However, I have been using Methylprednisolone 4 mg for almost four years every day. And this helps me completely get rid of any problems. If I do not take it...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, it is a tough spot you are on. It will be difficult for a new rheumatologist to diagnose if you are already on steroids and the symptoms get masked. But I will try to simplify it for you here. Could you let me know the results of rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP an...  Read Full »

My skin was damaged after using cortisone cream. How to heal it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. I am trying to find a way to heal my skin after abuse of cortisone creams. Quite specifically, in between my eyebrows, my skin is seriously thin and looks damaged. I stopped using the cortisone creams before four years, and I was given them to use due to allergic rea...  Read Full »


Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How long did you use cortisone cream over the face? Repair of steroid induced damage requires a lot of patience. In mild to moderate cases, gentle cleanser - Cetyl alcohol based with barrier repair agents containing Ceramide and Hyaluronic acid suffice. In cases...  Read Full »

How can central serous chorioretinopathy be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with central serous chorioretinopathy. What can I do to improve or cure or prevent reoccurrence? In terms of food, medicines, habits, etc.  Read Full »


Dr. Manjunath Natarajan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Central serous retinopathy is a multifactorial disease. A few modifiable causes of CSR are: 1. Type A personality- a rolling stone, always on the move and stressed out person. 2. Steroid use- can be anything from prescription drugs to herbal medication know to redu...  Read Full »

Will the Testosterone Enanthate and Deca Durabolin shots I took affect my penis size and bone growth?

Query: Hi doctor,When I was 17 years old, I took one shot of Testosterone Enanthate 500 mg and Deca Durabolin. Will it affect my penis size and bone growth? I read on the internet about the side effects of the drug, like stunted growth, and decided to stop using steroids. I took tablet Adderall for three y...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara. P

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The effects of testosterone lasts from 60 to 100 minutes, after which it decreases to its half. It will be completely eliminated after a day or two days. So I do not think one shot of testosterone could make any significant adverse effect on your body. But its effect depend...  Read Full »

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 »

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 »

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