Usually, prudently prescribed treatment only after other natural, less harmful or reasonable anti inflammation methods have failed. Corticosteroids may be prescribed to treat your:
- some cancers
- ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- skin conditions ~ eczema, psoriasis, rashes
- autoimmune diseases ~ lupus, multiple sclerosis
Because of these steroids adverse side effects, you usually are only ordered to use them for a short time.
If your are experiencing pain in one localized area, a cortisone injection administered in your painful spot may be an extremely helpful pain reliever for several weeks or even months.
Cortisone shots are most often used if you have:
OTC topical hydrocortisone may be the recommended treatment for minor skin conditions, such as:
But don’t take the regular usage of this stuff beyond a week, unless directed to do by your doc. Topical corticosteroids have the potential to cause other skin problems.
Some of the most common side effects of cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, or corticosteroids by any other name, include:
- facial hair
- moon face
- weight gain
- bruise easily
- mood swings
- stretch marks
- skin thinning
- high blood sugar
- infection risk increase
Potentially you can end up with corticosteroid induced Cushing’s syndrome.
In balancing the anti inflammatory benefits against the adrenal gland mimicking side effects, it is extremely important that you work closely with your treating physician to ensure healthy positive outcomes.
And while doing so, consumption of a healthy diet and regular exercise are supportive measures to this “less than ideal” corticosteroids anti inflammatory regime.