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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 am experiencing rashes on my body that initially appeared on my legs. However, after taking antihistamine and steroid tablets, the condition has worsened. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a rash on my body that initially started on my legs. It has now spread to my back, arms, hand, and face. The rash appeared as small white bumps a few days ago. I went to the doctor, and they diagnosed it as an allergic reaction. I was prescribed antihistamine and steroid tablets,...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. I have reviewed the images (attachments removed to protect patient's identity). This could potentially be a viral exanthem. Could you please let me know if it is itchy? When did the rash initially start? Have you experienced any recent illness?...  Read Full »

I was taking steroids to boost my low sexual drive but nothing helped. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a low sexual drive for the past many years. So, I decided to take steroids to boost my sex drive but nothing helped. Is it possible my body struggles to process or absorb testosterone? If so, what should I do about getting it diagnosed and treated? Please ...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Low libido has various reasons such as, 1. Infections – It can be due to a urine infection. 2. Diabetes and Hypertension – Make sure your blood pressure and blood sugar are under control. 3. Hormonal disturbances- Low testoster...  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 y...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing an increase in the number of ingrown hairs, despite medications. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, There has been an increased number of ingrown hair in my skin. It appears like a white substance initially, followed by clusters of numerous follicles. Unfortunately, this issue is not limited to one area; there are many minor spots all over my body. The condition has worsened signifi...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Based on the information and images you shared (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it appears to be ingrown hairs. Unwanted facial and body hair is most commonly caused by shaving and waxing. When the ha...  Read Full »

I have had a fungal infection on my upper thighs. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a fungal infection on my upper thighs for the last seven months. Various treatments have been done, but it is always the same process in which it starts getting better, then it gets dry and itchy, or it turns black and the infection comes back within a few days. Right now, I am u...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Fungal infection indeed is a very problematic condition if it becomes recurrent. I suggest you take the following precautions - Do not keep the area wet and use powder frequently to dry it. Do not scratch it. Do not apply steroid creams like...  Read Full »

My partner has lesions resembling bite marks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My partner has developed some lesions on the legs that look like bites of some kind and are very itchy. What do you think? He cannot sleep due to the itching. What can I do? Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attached pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The lesions are very active and appear eczematous. This would ideally require topical steroid application for resolution. You need to apply moisturizer three to four ti...  Read Full »

How to ease the pain and swelling of the optic nerve?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with papilledema after suffering from bad headaches. So, I was on steroids and drinking glycerine to reduce the swelling of my optic nerve. But now I am again having headaches that mostly affect the right side of my head. As my pain is terrible, I try to reduce it by using...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your case. But initially, we need to find the underlying cause of the papilledema. Here are my opinions: Your blood pressure needs to be checked. If the blood pressure is high, then start taking anti-hypertensive medicines. If any infection is also pre...  Read Full »

I want my left knee replaced. What are the treatment options?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 70-year-old, diabetic, and on insulin. I have a pacemaker and osteoarthritis. I had a right knee replacement 20 years ago and then a knee revision in the same leg last year. I continue to have pain in that knee. The left knee needs to be replaced as well. However, due to an acciden...  Read Full »

Dr. Shobhit Shah

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query and understand your concern. Yes, some risks are associated with steroid shots and have always been an issue. We need to look for the benefits over the risks. Some common risks associated with steroids are osteoporosis, infections, and reduced immu...  Read Full »

Can I take steroids for my recent bout of optic neuritis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a patient with a history of MS. I have had several bouts of optic neuritis, and I do not take steroids due to their awful side effects. However, I was recently admitted to a hospital for two weeks as I had lost feeling in my legs, accompanied by spasticity and walking issues. I was u...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I would not recommend taking another treatment with Solu-Medrol (Methylprednisolone), considering the short period of time since your last IV (intravenous) therapy. For this reason, I suggest you start with oral st...  Read Full »

Is a blood oxygen level of 92 percent normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have difficulty in breathing, and my oxygen level is 92 percent.  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is better to start with a steroid if SpO2 goes less than 90%. For now, we will start with anti-inflammatory, multivitamin, and antiviral drugs. 1. Tablet Combiflam (Ibuprofen and Paracetamol) 1 tablet in the morning, afternoon, and night (after food). 2. Tablet ...  Read Full »

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