Steroids

Steroids are a man-made version of naturally occurring hormones.

It doesn’t cure conditions however they are very good at reducing inflammation and symptoms such as swelling, pain and stiffness.

It can be given via:

  • Mouth (tablets or syrup)
  • Injection ( joint, muscle or vein)
  • Gels or creams
  • Eye drops

Caution: if you are diabetic, heart disease or high blood pressure some Side Effects Include;

  • Weight gain
  • Increased appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Mood changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Osteoporosis with prolonged use

Chat with your Doctor before starting steroids and ensure it is right for you!

Written by Rheumatologist Dr. Davis-King

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