Definition of Corticosteroid:

Steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex.

Also: Corticosteroids

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A Low Platelet Count

...the condition
“...Conventional treatment is often aimed at inhibiting the immune system with corticosteroids such as prednisone...”

ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone) a treatment
“...ACTH stimulates the cortex of the adrenal gland and boosts the synthesis of corticosteroids, mainly glucocorticoids but also sex steroids (androgens).”
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Addison's Disease

...the condition
“...It occurs when the adrenal glands, located above each kidney, do not produce enough corticosteroids – in particular, the hormone cortisol, and in some cases, the hormone aldosterone...”

Adrenal Insufficiency

...related topic
“...Cortical insufficiency (low or no corticosteroids) produces a more serious condition called Addison's Disease, characterized by extreme weakness, low blood pressure, pigmentation of the skin, shock or even death.”

Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...the condition
“...Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and swelling; they take longer to work than antihistamines, but their effect lasts longer...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Nasal corticosteroid sprays are effective if used properly; improvement takes 1 to 2 weeks...”

Alopecia (Hair Loss)

...recommendation Corticosteroids
“Topical corticosteroids (medium to very high potency) or subcutaneous steroid injection.”


...the condition
“...Anti-helminthics should generally be paired with corticosteroids in severe infections to limit the inflammatory reaction to the dying parasites...”


...the condition
“...Inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids are a potent and consistently effective treatments for the inflammation of asthma...”
...recommendation Corticosteroids
“Inhalant forms of corticosteroid drugs will reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks when taken every day, but will not relieve an asthma attack once it has started...”

Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers)

...the condition
“...Corticosteroids reduce inflammation and swelling...”

Carcinoid Cancer

...the condition
“...Certain very severe and prolonged carcinoid crises associated with bronchial (lung) carcinoids or some carcinoids of the stomach are responsive to treatment with corticosteroids (prednisone, Decadron) and Thorazine or Compazine.”

Chronic Renal Insufficiency

...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“...Fish oil supplementation is promising and does not produce the risks associated with corticosteroid and immunosuppressive drug use.”

Cirrhosis of the Liver

...the condition
“...This type of hepatitis appears to be associated with diabetes, protein malnutrition, excess sugar intake, poor diet in general, obesity, coronary artery disease, and corticosteroid treatment...”

Cluster Headaches

...the condition
“...Corticosteroids Corticosteroids, particularly prednisone and methylprednisolone, are used for short-term cluster therapy, due to potential serious side effects with longer-term use...”

Collagen Vascular Disease

...the condition
“...Corticosteroid and immunosuppressant medications are commonly used to treat connective tissue diseases...”

Corticosteroids a treatment
Corticosteroids are medicines that are similar to the natural hormone cortisone and belong to the family of drugs called steroids...”


...the condition
“...The first line of treatment for dermatomyositis is restricted activity and a daily injection of a corticosteroid, such as prednisone, to reduce inflammation and relieve pain...”


...the condition
“...Corticosteroids, which reduce inflammation, may also be administered immediately...”


...our question about Steroid use
“...However, for those who have been on corticosteroids for more than 4 years, chronic glaucoma can develop that requires treatment...”


...the condition
“...Good oral hygiene is necessary; corticosteroids such as prednisone may be given to reduce the inflammation of glossitis...”

Gout / Hyperuricemia

...recommendation NSAIDs
“Medications such as Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and allopurinol are commonly used against gout...”

Histiocytosis X

...the condition
“...All three disorders may be treated with corticosteroids and cytotoxic drugs such as cyclophosphamide, although no therapy is clearly beneficial...”


...the condition
“...Histoplasmosis can spread from the lungs to other body parts in cases where the infected person has AIDS, has leukemia, has recently had an organ transplantation, or has been using corticosteroids.  It can be particularly severe with HIV-infected persons...”

Hives (Urticaria)

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...The most effective are corticosteroids.  Others include doxepin, dapsone, attenuated androgens, calcium antagonists, antimalarials, gold and methotrexate.”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...can directly influence the amount of hormones secreted, resulting in hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism; Cushing syndrome – The body makes too much of the hormone cortisol, usually due to overuse of corticosteroid medications; Hormone therapy – Supplementing with external hormones directly influences hormone levels within the body; Congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) – A group of genetic...”


...related topic
“...Examples include adrenal hormones such as corticosteroids and aldosterone; glucagon, growth hormone, insulin, testosterone, estrogens, progestins, progesterone, DHEA, melatonin, and thyroid hormones such as thyroxine and calcitonin.”

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

...the condition
“...It may also be associated with the use of excessive alcohol, oral contraceptives, sympathomimetics, corticosteroids, cocaine, or licorice root...”


...the condition
“...These include corticosteroids, thyroid hormone, sex hormones (testosterone for men and estrogen for women), and growth hormone...”

Immunotherapy a treatment
“...While other allergy treatments (such as antihistamines or corticosteroids) treat only the symptoms of allergic disease, immunotherapy is the only available treatment that can modify the natural course of the allergic disease, by reducing sensitivity to...”

Intestinal Obstruction

...the condition
“...Leukocytosis may not occur in older, debilitated patients or in those using corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drugs...”

Korean Ginseng a treatment
“...Korean or Chinese Ginseng may prove especially effective in restoration of normal adrenal function and prevention of adrenal atrophy associated with corticosteroid administration...”


...the condition
“...Treatment depends on the type of leukemia present ... Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL): Usually treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, corticosteroids, bone marrow transplant...”

Licorice Root a treatment
“...Licorice may interfere with corticosteroid medications and antidepressants known as MAO inhibitors.”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...Risk factors for liver abscess include high alcohol intake, cancer, cancer treatments, corticosteroids, organ transplant, weakened immune system, malnutrition, trauma to the liver, Diabetes, old age, pregnancy, recent abdominal surgery, recent endoscopy of the bile ducts, tropical...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...recommendation Korean Ginseng
“...Ginseng may prove especially effective for the restoration of normal adrenal function and prevention of adrenal atrophy associated with corticosteroid administration...”
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...the condition
“...Some types of antihistamine treat severe flushing and low blood pressure before symptoms appear; Salbutamol and other beta-2 agonists open airways that can constrict in the presence of histamine; Corticosteroids can be used topically, inhaled, or systemically to reduce inflammation; Steroids treat nutrient malabsorption; Cromolyn sodium may reduce cramping in the abdomen...”


...the condition
“...It can be caused by a hormonal imbalance (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism); pregnancy disorder; cervical lesions; medications (birth control pills, corticosteroids, hypothalamic depressants, anticholinergics, anticoagulants); uterine fibroids; functional ovarian cysts; polyps; carcinoma of the vagina, cervix, endometrium or ovary; renal or liver...”

Muscle Pains (Myalgia)

...the condition
“...Some of the most common causes are ... Drugs including amphotericin B, carbenoxolone, chloroquine, clofibrate, corticosteroids or hydroxychloroquine...”

Nasal Polyps

...the condition
“...Conventional medical treatment with a nasal steroid spray and/or a short course of oral corticosteroids is usually effective, shrinking or eliminating the polyps...”

Nephrotic Syndrome

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Nephrotic syndrome may require aggressive treatment with corticosteroids until the level of proteinuria goes down...”


...the condition
“...Corticosteroids, whether from stress or when using drugs like prednisone, cause increased bone marrow release of mature neutrophils, movement into the CNP, and decreased tissue migration...”
...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“Certain medications such as corticosteroids or lithium carbonate can cause neutrophilia.”

Nonallergic / Vasomotor Rhinitis

...the condition
“...that have been proven effective are antihistamine nasal sprays (as opposed to oral antihistamines which typically have no effect on vasomotor rhinitis), anti-drip anticholinergic nasal sprays and corticosteroid nasal sprays...”

Oral Lichen Planus

...recommendation Vitamin A
“...This doesn't cause the same side-effects as corticosteroids, but may irritate the mucous membranes of the mouth.”
...recommendation Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids (topical, oral or by injection) may reduce the inflammation caused by oral lichen planus.”


...the condition
“...Corticosteroids are typically injected into affected joints rather than taken orally to relieve the pain, but repeated injections may further weaken loose ligaments and prevent healing which requires...”


...the condition
“...Bones may also be affected by the use of certain drugs such as corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), or radiation and chemotherapy used in treating cancer patients...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...There is no consensus as to when preventive treatment should start in people taking corticosteroids, and consultants may wish to do a bone scan before deciding...”


...the condition
“...Those treated with steroids (corticosteroids) are 500% more likely to develop recurring pericarditis, so steroids are now considered a drug treatment of last resort...”

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

...the condition
“...A dramatic response to corticosteroids (in 24 to 48 hours) helps confirm the diagnosis of PMR, although this finding is not specific...”


...recommendation Corticosteroids
“Polymyositis is generally treated with high doses of corticosteroids initially, administered orally or intravenously...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
Corticosteroids do not always help a lot and in such cases immunosuppressive medications are considered...”

Poor Bone Health

...the condition
“...Modifiable factors that increase risk for bone loss ... Medications such as some types of anticonvulsants or glucocorticoids (corticosteroids, prednisone, dexamethasone)...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Anti-aging Benefits of Natural Progesterone ... Progesterone is a primary precursor in the biosynthesis of the adrenal corticosteroids.  Without adequate progesterone, synthesis of the cortisones is impaired and the body turns to alternate pathways...”

Psoriatic Arthritis

...the condition
“...For severe pain and inflammation, doctors can inject a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, called a corticosteroid, directly into the affected joint...”

Pulmonary Fibrosis

...the condition
“...worsening symptoms, such as severe shortness of breath, may receive supplemental oxygen to help with breathing (oxygen therapy), or be placed on a mechanical ventilator and given antibiotics or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation...”

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome

...the condition
“...If the above treatments aren't effective, a doctor may recommend ... Corticosteroids.  Use of the corticosteroid (prednisone) may reduce inflammation...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation DHEA
“...DHEA levels correlated significantly with, and were predictive of, bone mineral density, even after corticosteroid therapy was taken into account...”


...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
Corticosteroids such as prednisone and/or other anti-inflammatory medications can be prescribed to reduce inflammation...”

Sickle Cell Trait / Disease

...the condition
“...If the anemia is the result of autoimmunity, managing it may include avoiding suspect medications, treating related infections and taking immunosuppressive drugs, such as corticosteroids.  Sometimes, removal of the spleen is called for...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Depending on your condition, the doctor may recommend using a humidifier, taking medicines to open the bronchial tubes, or taking corticosteroids to relieve inflammation...”

Susceptibility To Miscarriages

...the condition
“...The treatment for this problem is Prednisone, a corticosteroid, which suppresses the inflammatory process and stabilizes the cell...”

T4 Syndrome

...the condition
“...NSAIDs or a corticosteroid injection into the T4 joints may alleviate symptoms...”

Test Copper Levels a treatment
“...Copper may be lowered with corticosteroids, zinc, malnutrition, and malabsorption...”

Test Estrogen Level a treatment
“...Therapy (HRT); hormonal birth control such as pills or patches; having had a test involving radioactive substances within the previous week; the medication clomiphene (Serophene, Clomid); corticosteroids, such as dexamethasone (Decadron); high levels of sugar in the urine caused by diabetes...”


...the condition
“...Treatment methods include ... corticosteroid (eye drops, injections around the eye or inside the eye)...”

Vaginitis/Vaginal Infection

...the condition
“...Risk Factors for vulvovaginal candidiasis ... Corticosteroid therapy...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...Also, this important vitamin is needed for the synthesis of the sex hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as well as other corticosteroids.  Frequent causes of deficiency include a poor diet, alcoholism, isoniazid therapy and carcinoid tumors...”

Vocal Cord Paresis / Paralysis

...the condition
“...Vocal cord paresis can be caused by ... Weakened vocal cord muscles due to medical treatments such as corticosteroid sprays or artificial respirator use...”

Vulvodynia / Vestibulitis

...the condition
“...Vulvar pain due to skin conditions such as dermatitis, lichen sclerosis may be relieved with topical corticosteroids.  Compresses made from prophyllin powder may provide soothing relief...”
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