Common "Steroids" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The manmade version of hormones (chemicals that are naturally made by the body) are called steroids or corticosteroids. These steroids work like hormones in reducing inflammation. Steroids are usually prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, uveitis, psoriatic arthritis, and other autoimmune conditions.

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I have noticed little or no baby movements. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 weeks and two days pregnant. I had an ultrasound at 20 weeks, and everything was normal. However, with time, I noticed there was little or no movement, and the baby's movement was more like a ball rolling in a difficult position. So, my doctor sent me for an ultrasound at the thir...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me put forth few facts about pregnancy and baby growth. The growth of the baby is progressive, but if it stops at some stage, that amount of growth cannot be regained. Some reason has been missed by the doctor during the pregnancy monitoring. There could be many cau...  Read Full »

Do the raised white lines in my mouth indicate leukoplakia

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the ENT for a sore throat. He ended up saying I have leukoplakia. It is mainly in the gap where I am missing the tooth. He said it was in other areas around my lower gum but it pretty much wiped off of there. I then went to my dentist who said it was not leukoplakia. I then went...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not at all a type of leukoplakia as seen in the picture. But, if you are a smoker, then I would recommend you stop smoking. It seems to be just hyperkeratinization of the oral mucosa which ca...  Read Full »

I am suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 38 years old, female, with a normal BMI, non-smoker, and a past medical history of chronic rhinosinusitis with polyps. I am currently taking Cetirizine, nasal steroids, and Montelukast. My symptoms are present year-round, every day. I have had chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal poly...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern.Yes, actually, it is true that steroids cannot be used for longer periods. Steroids are safe for only a few weeks, usually two to three weeks, and then we have to change medications because long-term use of steroids will make the nasal cavity mo...  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 for the past 15 years, and I was 13 years old at that time. Now I am 28 years old, and I have had no problems with the disease for the past seven years. The treatment was with Methotrexate and Medrol (Methylprednisolone). For the past seven years, I...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 bes...  Read Full »

My skin gets bleached by everything I apply. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a very sensitive dark skin that is getting bleached by everything I apply on it, including olive oil, shea butter and many creams. What can I do? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hi, We welcome you to the family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. Regarding your symptoms, I propose you have developed a skin dermopathy. I suggest doing a serum cortisol level and reverting with the result. I suggest taking the following...  Read Full »

I felt fennel stuck in my throat. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I was chewing fennel and after a few minutes I felt that it has stuck in my throat (upper side), I am not sure if it was stuck or not, because I got a sore throat after that,so I thought it might be because of that. I went to the doctor (ENT) and he checked my throat and he did not find a...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Thank you for stopping by! I am here to provide expert opinions on your medical issues. You are probably suffering from pharyngitis only. If fennel would have been there, the inflammation must be focal. You should take an antibiotic instead of steroids that are not required in a condition like...  Read Full »

My skin is damaged due to prolonged steroid use. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 32 years old, and I believe I have a severe case of steroid-damaged skin. I stopped using steroids some years ago; however, I still have severe hyperpigmentation, thin skin, and lines. I have tried various remedies, including chemical peels, moisturizers, cleansers, sunscreens, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query, and I can understand your concern.Steroids are double-edged swords. They should be used judiciously under the supervision of a doctor for a limited duration and specific conditions. Steroids are very commonly misused to enhance the appearance of t...  Read Full »

I am suffering from acne. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,As a teenager with pimples, I am considering using a facial cleanser. Is it safe for me?Please advise.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for your query. Pimples are somewhat hormonal and often result from oily skin. Here are a few guidelines to follow:Avoid using hair oil and any sticky creams on your face.Avoid oily foods, chocolate, and milk products.Avoid dust and use sunscreen with SPF (sun ...  Read Full »

My mother-in-law has been prescribed Fasenra injection for asthma. Can she take Fasenra and steroids together?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother-in-law has been prescribed Fasenra injection as she has asthma for a long time. Please advise on its usage or any specific considerations we should know while she takes this medication. She has been taking steroids for a long time. Can these both create some reaction? She stoppe...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Allergies can never be cured completely. The only solution is to get protected from allergies, and symptoms will not appear. Whenever you are in contact with allergies, there are chances you will have asthmatic symptoms, so the best way is to ...  Read Full »

How to increase my platelet count?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an ITP problem when I was 3 years old due to a viral infection, now I am 31 years old female. I was always at 100000 above platelet counts from the last many years without any medicines except Prednisone in some adverse situations but suddenly nine months back, my platelets count...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have been prescribed high-dose steroid as your platelet count are very low so the risk of bleeding can be present. You should take this medication for a prescribed duration of at least one to two weeks. Then if the platelet count is raised then no active treatmen...  Read Full »

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