Steroids

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 had corneal ulcer after my PRK surgery. I am on antibiotics and steroids. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor,I have done PRK eye surgery about a month ago in both eyes. A few days later, my left eye had some weird blurred vision which turned out to be corneal ulcer that is in the center and relatively big. I got treated immediately with heavy antibiotics Ceftin or Vigamox. After two to three w...  Read Full »


Dr. Souhad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Indeed a corneal ulcer requires patience, time, and continuous monitoring until it is fully healed or scar forms. Sometimes it might take up to a year and more. It is however mandatory that you add to the list of eye drops that you are using a lubricant (artificial t...  Read Full »

Can Hydrozole be used for jock itch?

Query: Hi doctor, I had jock itch two months ago for the very first time. It is still there but fading. I started using Hydrozole cream two weeks ago, it seems to be working. How long it would take for a complete cure? After using this cream I fell some itch in legs. Now the groin skin appears red and ver...  Read Full »


Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hydrozole (combination of Hydrocortisone and Clotrimazole) cream contains steroid and should not be used as a treatment for jock itch (fungal infection of the groin). You will experience temporary relief while using it but your condition will aggravate once you stop us...  Read Full »

What can be done for the allergy that does not subside even after taking medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from severe allergy. I tried different medicines for this, but everything was useless. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Depending on the severity and type of allergic reaction, the treatment is given. For mild allergic inflammation with high AEC (absolute eosinophil count), Fexofenadine and Montelukast combination drug is given. And if the allergic inflammation is very severe, then sho...  Read Full »

I am a 17 year old girl. Using estrogen for about 10 months now. I have become more feminine and contented.

Query: Hello, I am a 17 year old girl. I am using estrogen for about 10 months now. I became more feminine and contented, it has changed my life, but when I stop using it, in time I become the same as I was before. So I would want to ask you if I could block my testosterone if  I am under 18? This would b...  Read Full »


Dr. Yelamanchili Alekhya

Answer: Hi, Thank you for choosing icliniq.com.There are so many ways to block the testosterone naturally. As you are already using estrogen, I must tell you that there will be more complications with that in long term use. As there are many causes of increased testosterone you need to be diagnosed by a pro...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in a 12-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, My 12 year old son is suffering from nephrotic syndrome since the last seven years. Two years ago, when his biopsy was done, the result said FSGS. His creatinine levels at that time was 4. Now it is raised to 10.1. He is currently taking Calcium, Folic acid, Pantoprazole, Sodium bicar...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please furnish the following medical information, so that I will be able to give you further advice. What is the cause of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)?Has dialysis been done? What is his urine output?What does his antinuclear antibody (ANA) profile say?Ha...  Read Full »

Why is the skin around my eyes itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I appeared to have an allergic reaction to something, nearly two weeks ago. I was given antihistamines and a seven-day course of steroids (Prednisolone 40 mg). The allergy seems to subside, but it keeps coming back. I cannot be sure about the cause of this allergy. The surrounding skin ar...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is called as acute urticaria with angioedema. It is basically an allergic reaction, which can be due to change in diet or new medications or idiopathic (sometimes the cause cannot be ...  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 »

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 »

Is it fine to abruptly stop HRT when desired breast growth has occurred in a transgender woman?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a transgender woman. I want to stop taking my HRT cause I feel that I have had the breast growth I wanted, and the changes coming lately (loss of erections, gaining weight, emotionality) have been very unpleasant for me. So the question is, how do I stop them? Do I stop it abruptly ...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Hormones taken during HRT (hormone replacement therapy) are steroids, and it is never a good idea to suddenly stop steroids as it will cause adverse side effects. Hence my advice would be to slowly lower the HRT dose and get it to a level w...  Read Full »

Does my mother's CT scan show anything about her back pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has been having back pain in the area of ribs for the past three months. She had a CT chest, which showed lytic lesions in D9, D10, and L1. She also had a PET-CT. Her ESR, CBP, RFT and LFTs are normal.  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The history of a chronic backache for three months with CAT scan showing lytic lesions and histology (attachment removed to protect patient identity) suggestive of granulomatous inflammatory changes suggest mostly tuberculosis of the spine. The patient has to take antitub...  Read Full »

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