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What You Need to Know About Treating Eczema

Eczema, also known as dermatitis, is a condition that causes red, inflamed, itchy rashes, and blistered, cracked patches of skin. People with eczema have very dry skin, which prevents the skin’s outer layer, the epidermis, from functioning properly as a protective barrier. Treating eczema is possible.  The most common type…

Side Effects of Oral Corticosteroids, and Probiotics May Ease Anxiety

Researchers have discovered that oral corticosteroids, in both the long and short term, may cause serious adverse effects. And for those who suffer from anxiety and depression, new, albeit inconclusive research suggests that probiotics and prebiotics may help relieve symptoms.  Oral Steroid Linked to Serious Side Effects Corticosteroids are a…


Corticosteroids, also known as glucocorticoids or steroids, aren’t the same as the anabolic steroids we hear about athletes misusing. Corticosteroids are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases like asthma, allergies, rashes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as many other conditions. Because corticosteroids are so…

A Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

The goal of RA treatment is to relieve pain and reduce or stop inflammation, swelling, and damage to joints and organs. Here’s a comprehensive guide to rheumatoid arthritis drugs.

Lifestyle Changes and Asthma

Medication and lifestyle changes are equally important. Asthma cannot be properly managed without them both.

Corticosteroid Adverse Events Risk Increases With Longer Use

Using corticosteroids for the long term may increase the risk of adverse events compared to occasional use, according to a new study published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion. Researchers collected data from a privately-insured administrative database where they analyzed 78,704 patients who were diagnosed with an autoimmune…

Oral Steroid Meds Ineffective for Chest Infections

Doctors should not prescribe oral corticosteroids, such as prednisolone, to adults without asthma who have an acute lower respiratory tract infection — a “chest infection” such as bronchitis –- because they don’t relieve the severity of symptoms or shorten the time a patient experiences them. Researchers in England studied about…

Serious Side Effects Associated with Short-Term Corticosteroid Use

People who took corticosteroids even for a relatively short period of time were more likely to break a bone, have a blood clot or develop sepsis compared to those who didn’t take the medication, according to results of a new study. Researchers examined data from 1.5 million non-elderly American adults….

Long-Term Effects of Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are used to treat many different medical conditions, from rheumatoid arthritis to allergies to lupus and more. The prescribed medicines include: Celestone (betamethasone), Cortone (cortisone acetate), Decadron/Hexadrol (dexamethasone), Acticort/Aristocort/Cortef (hydrocortisone), Medrol (methylprednisolone), Prelone (prednisolone) and Deltasone/Sterapred (prednisone). Some concerns patients have over long-term side effects of corticosteroids include: uclers…

Corticosteroids Are Bad for Bones (and Health)

Not all steroids make you stronger. Some commonly prescribed forms of this powerful class of drug might actually make you weaker, especially when it comes to your bones. With strong anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant properties, corticosteroids, the legal kind of “steroids,” have been prescribed since the 1950s to treat more than…

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