Definition of Steroid:

Any of a large number of hormonal substances with a similar basic chemical structure containing a 17-carbon 14-ring system and including the sterols and various hormones and glycosides.

Also: Steroids

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(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects

...our question about Your lymphocyte count
“Certain drugs, such as steroids and chemotherapy drugs, can cause a decreased lymphocyte count...”

A Low Platelet Count

...the condition
“...The acute manifestation can usually be controlled by a course of therapy using steroids to inhibit the immune response for a period of several weeks...”
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ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic Hormone) a treatment
“...ACTH secretion is an excellent example of the regulation of a biological system by a negative-feedback mechanism; high levels of adrenocortical steroids in the blood tend to decrease ACTH release, whereas low steroid levels have the opposite effect...”

Addison's Disease

...the condition
“...The adrenal cortex makes two important steroid hormones, cortisol and aldosterone...”

Adrenal Cortex

...related topic
“...Embryonically derived from gonad tissue, they make steroid hormones that control electrolytes, the management of fuels, the rate of anabolism, mineral metabolism, glucose metabolism, the general response to stress, and maintenance of nonspecific...”

Adult Acne

...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“Women with premenstrual aggravation of acne are often responsive to vitamin B6 supplementation, reflecting its role in the normal metabolism of steroid hormones...”


...related topic
“A steroid hormone secreted by the adrenal cortex that helps the kidneys regulate the amount of salt and water in your body and, thus, regulate your blood pressure...”

Allergic Conjunctivitis

...the condition
“...Recommendations include cold compresses, anti-inflammatory eye drops, or mild eye steroid preparations applied directly to the eyes for severe reactions...”

Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...the condition
“...If these measures are not effective, a doctor may prescribe a steroid nasal spray...”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...Systemic steroids are prescribed only for severe allergic rhinitis; generally prescribed for short amounts of time because of their many side-effects...”

Alopecia (Hair Loss)

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


...related topic
“...Anabolic steroids are internal or external substances that will induce increased body size or mass...”


...related topic
“Any steroid hormone that increases male characteristics.”


...the condition
“...Treatment of angiostrongyliasis is not well defined, but most strategies include a combination of antiparasitics to kill the worms, steroids to limit inflammation as the worms die, and pain medication to manage the symptoms of meningitis...”


...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“...Nonetheless, the research remains somewhat inconsistent, and one double-blind trial found that high amounts of B6 supplements did not help asthmatics who required the use of steroid drugs...”

Bell's Palsy

...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“Methylcobalamin, a form of vitamin B12, was compared with steroids in a trial involving 60 patients with Bell's palsy...”

Bulging Disc In Lower Back

...the condition
“...Pharmaceutical treatments include over-the-counter pain killers, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and steroids.  These do not treat the underlying condition or prevent future occurrences, but simply ease the symptoms...”

Calcium-D-Glucarate a treatment
“...This reduces serum estrogen levels and assists in the detoxification and excretion of xenobiotics, lipid-soluble toxins, and steroid hormones...”

Cardiac Glycoside

...related topic
“Compound consisting of a plant steroid with one or more sugars that exerts an effect on the contraction and conduction of the heart muscle.”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone) a treatment
“ chlorine, drinking water containing parasites, the use of hormones in young women as contraception and in menopausal women as a means of preventing osteoporosis and heart disease, the use of steroid hormones to combat chronic inflammatory diseases, and the use of toxic chemotherapies to combat cancer...”

Chronic Inflammation

...relationship to Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
“The adrenal glands produce hydrocortisol, the major natural anti-inflammatory steroid in the body...”

Compartment Syndrome

...the condition
“...Other causes include anabolic steroid use and bandages that are too tight...”

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

...the condition
“...As well as rehabilitation and exercise to improve overall well-being, medications are available to relieve symptoms ... Bronchodilators (normally used in combination with steroids to reduce inflammation) open the airways and make breathing easier...”


...related topic
Steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex.”

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

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

...the condition
“...Researchers have tested many drugs, including amantidine, steroids, interferon, acyclovir, antiviral agents, and antibiotics...”

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

...the condition
“...Nonsurgical treatment for DDD usually consists of a combination of physical therapy, traction, NSAIDs, or epidural steroid injections in order to control the pain...”


...recommendation DHEA
“DHEA is a plentiful adrenal steroid hormone whose quantity decreases with age and may have significant psychiatric effects...”


...the condition
“...However, children may be able to stop steroid treatment after approximately one year...”


...related topic
“Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid produced by the adrenal glands and is the most abundant one found in humans...”

Eclipta Alba a treatment
“...The herb Eclipta alba contains mainly coumestans i.e. wedelolactone and demethylwedelolactone, polypeptides, polyacetylenes, thiophene-derivatives, steroids, triterpenes and flavonoids...”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Ulcerative Colitis
“...Importantly, as homocysteine levels rose in the patients with IBD, so did the clinical ratings of IBD disease severity, including its length of duration and the use of steroid medications to treat it...”


...the condition
“...Steroid medications are not effective with all patients but can sometimes be used to decrease inflammation in the lungs and relieve the symptoms of Emphysema...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...As the candida proliferate, they secrete many steroid hormones which are possibly antagonistic to testosterone and other androgens...”


...the condition
“...candida, cytomegalovirus (CMV), or herpes simplex; diseases and conditions that weaken the immune system, such as HIV; poorly-controlled diabetes; immunodeficiency disorders; chemotherapy; long-term steroid use; malnutrition; chemicals that are swallowed; pills that become stuck in the esophagus; medications and supplements such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), alendronate...”

Female Infertility

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“Vitamin A is involved in steroid hormone synthesis and cell differentiation...”

GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) a treatment
“...They were also able to reduce the use of drugs commonly used to treat the disease, such as antihistamines and topical steroids.  GLA has also been used for the following conditions: PMS: Monthly hormonal swings can disrupt GLA production...”


...our question about Steroid use
“The use of all steroid drugs has been associated with causing "steroid glaucoma" in certain individuals...”


...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“Acute IgAN may be treated with oral steroids.  Impaired kidneys are very good at secreting a hormone which deliberately raises blood pressure...”

Herniated Disc In Lower Back

...the condition
“...Initial treatment includes a combination of ... Steroids, orally, to reduce the swelling and inflammation of the nerves...”

Herniated Disc In Neck

...the condition
“...techniques are available, for example ... Medications, such as NSAIDs to reduce swelling and pain, muscle relaxants to calm spasm, occasionally narcotic painkillers to alleviate acute pain, steroids and steroid injections to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain...”

High Female Testosterone Level

...the condition
“Testosterone is an androgen steroid hormone that is usually linked to male sexuality...”


...the condition
“...True hirsutism may be due to ... Anabolic steroids...”

Hormonal Birth Control

...related topic
“Birth control methods that act on the endocrine system through steroid hormones (estrogens and progestins), usually in the form birth control pills or injections.”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...The so-called 'sex hormones' are steroid hormones that are responsible for controlling reproductive function and sexual development in males and females...”

Hyperbaric Oxygen a treatment
“...Hereditary spherocytosis; Optic neuritis – Possible increased optic nerve pathology; Malignant tumors – possible increased vascularity for tumors; Acidosis – Decreased threshold for oxygen seizures; Steroid use – Decreased threshold for oxygen seizure; Alcohol use – Dehydration (increased risk of decompression sickness); Nicotine use – Decreased seizure threshold...”


...the condition
“...Treatment consists of cortisol administration or another similar steroid (like prednisone)...”

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

...the condition
“...of proteins due to a lack or HCl and digestive enzymes), sedentary lifestyle, negative attitudes, low body temperature, acid saliva pH, chronic insomnia, inability to dream, weight lifting, and steroids (for muscle gain).”

Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut

...the condition
“...Antibiotics and steroids decrease number of friendly bacteria, allowing Candida to proliferate, which causes LGS...”

Interstitial Cystitis

...the condition
“...Medical treatments for interstitial cystitis have included overstretching of the bladder with water, instillation of a dilute silver nitrate solution into the bladder, and steroid use.  Currently, treatments for interstitial cystitis are aimed at relieving symptoms rather than achieving a cure...”


...the condition
“...Both steroids and antibiotics may be used...”

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

...the condition
“...In some instances, the fever responds only to steroid therapy.  The fever in cases of systemic JRA is almost always accompanied by the classic rheumatoid rash...”

Lactobacillus Acidophilus a treatment
“...The most important factors are ... Use of other hormones, especially immunosuppressants like steroids...”

Licorice Root a treatment
“...Glycyrrhizin has a similar structure to adrenal steroids and has been used successfully in treating adrenal insufficiency, fatigue, various skin problems, as well as female hormonal regulation...”
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Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...trauma to the liver, Diabetes, old age, pregnancy, recent abdominal surgery, recent endoscopy of the bile ducts, tropical travel, Crohn's disease, abdominal or gastrointestinal infection, and steroid use.  Symptoms of liver abscess include...”

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

...the condition
“...Other causes include viral infections of the liver, some inherited disorders such as Gilbert's syndrome, alcohol-induced fatty deposits, the use of anabolic steroids/estrogens/oral contraceptives and hyperthyroidism...”

Liver Detoxification Phase II Support a treatment
“...Substances that activate Phase I detoxification ... Drugs: alcohol; nicotine in cigarette smoke; Phenobarbital; sulfonamides; steroids...”

Low Pregnenolone Level

...the condition
“...All steroid hormones in the body (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, aldosterone, cortisol, etc...”

Low Total Cholesterol

...recommendation Test for Hormones
“...Since cholesterol is the precursor to the adrenal and sex steroids, low levels may mean an insufficient supply of raw material for hormone production...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...relationship to Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
“...Adrenal steroids modulate (slow down) the immune system: when there is not enough of these steroids the immune system goes berserk.”

Maca a treatment
“...Instead, the supposed mechanism of action is by normalizing steroid hormones such as testosterone, progesterone and estrogen...”


...the condition
“...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
“...anticholinergics, anticoagulants); uterine fibroids; functional ovarian cysts; polyps; carcinoma of the vagina, cervix, endometrium or ovary; renal or liver disease; coagulation disorders; anabolic steroid use; IUDs or other trauma...”


...related topic
“One of the steroids of the adrenal cortex that influences salt (sodium, potassium) metabolism.”

Multiple Sclerosis

...relationship to Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance
“Progesterone has been shown in animal studies to promote the formation of new myelin sheaths [Human Reproduction 2000 Jun;15 Suppl 1: pp.1-13, J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 1999 Apr-Jun;69 pp.97-107, Mult Scler 1997 Apr;3 pp.105-12] Physicians have known for years that pregnancy can suppress some forms of immune response, such as allergies...”
...recommendation Calcium-2AEP
“...Normally, certain steroids eliminate this bad programming but certain pollutants such as Chlorine, Fluoride, some heavy metals and especially Aluminum, interfere with the process.”

Muscular Dystrophy

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“People with muscular dystrophy can develop osteoporosis due to lack of mobility and steroid treatments.”

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...”

Neck Arthritis

...the condition
“...Patients who have a severe episode of cervical arthritis may benefit from a single treatment of a steroid epidural, injected directly into the affected part of the neck...”

Nephrotic Syndrome

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...The first choice is usually a steroid drug such as prednisone...”


...the condition
“...An increase in white blood cells and neutrophilia occurs 4 to 8 hours after elevation of stress hormones or steroid use and return to normal 1 to 3 days after later...”


...the condition
“...Risk of osteomyelitis is increased by peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, a weakened immune system, cancer, chronic steroid use, sickle cell disease, HIV, hemodialysis, intravenous drug use, and old age...”


...the condition
“...It is also more common in those people with rheumatic diseases (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus), steroid users (such as cortisone), alcoholics, diabetics, and skin divers who have experienced a rapid reduction of air pressure (bends)...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...Anabolic steroids.  Nandrolone decanoate is restricted to very frail, elderly patients with severe osteoporosis or who have a very rapid rate of bone loss...”


...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...”

Peyronie's Disease

...the condition
“...Injection medications include steroids, collagenase, verapamil and interferon...”

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

...recommendation NSAIDs
“...Reassessment is mandatory if ocular or other symptoms develop; in such cases, the steroid dosage must be increased...”


...the condition
“...These include nerve-muscle diseases (such as muscular dystrophies), drug toxins (such as alcohol, cocaine, steroids and lovastatin), metabolic disorders (where muscle cells are unable to process chemicals normally), hormone disorders (such as abnormal thyroid, calcium, and magnesium conditions), and...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“...Examples include drugs that interfere with clot formation, platelet function, inflammatory responses, or cell proliferation; certain steroids, NSAIDs, chemotherapy drugs.”

Pregnenolone a treatment
“...Pregnenolone is the basic precursor – or starting raw material – for the production of ALL the human steroid hormones, including DHEA, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, cortisol and aldosterone, and as such is often referred to as "The Mother Hormone" or the next "up and coming" anti-aging...”

Premature Hair Graying

...relationship to Premature/Signs of Aging
“...Sex steroids such as estrogens and progesterone stimulate the function of melanocytes...”


...related topic
“...It is a steroid (similar to a cholesterol), enters receptive cells to stimulate their growth, and acts as an anabolic agent...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...the condition
“...Now, instead of estrogen playing its essential role within the well-balanced symphony of steroid hormones in a woman's body, it has begun to overshadow the other players, creating biochemical dissonance...”

Psoriatic Arthritis

...the condition
“...Cortisone is a steroid that reduces inflammation and swelling...”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...relationship to Osteoporosis - Osteopenia
“According to researchers, women with rheumatoid arthritis have up to double the risk of developing osteoporosis and those who use steroid drugs to help control the arthritis are at an even higher risk of bone loss...”


...the condition
“...Topical steroids.  Long-term use of topical steroids has been found to aggravate rosacea or induce rosacea-like symptoms...”
...our question about Steroid use
“If you are using or have used steroid drugs, you may have 'steroid rosacea', a rosacea-like condition on the face caused by potent topical steroids...”
...recommendation against Hydrocortisone
“Never apply a topical steroid like cortisone to rosacea unless directed to do so by your doctor for a specific reason...”

Sarsaparilla a treatment
“...Smilax species contain various amounts of steroid components as well as saponins, resins, starch and a small amount of volatile oils...”

Senile Dementia

...the condition
“...Certain abnormalities of a person's metabolism or hormones may also be responsible for the development of dementia, including the following ... High-dose steroid abuse...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...If these steps don't help the itching, your doctor might recommend that you use a skin cream or ointment containing steroids.  Those who are sensitive to sunlight should wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) whenever they go outdoors, and try to avoid being in the sun for long periods of time...”

Spinal Stenosis

...the condition
“...Medications used to treat the pain include pain relievers, opioids, seizure medications, antidepressants, and steroid injections which also reduce inflammation...”

Steroid Abuse

...the condition
“...Steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic the actions of testosterone...”


...related topic
“A large subgroup of steroids.”

Test Adrenal Function a treatment
“...Dexamethasone is a synthetic steroid similar to cortisol, which suppresses ACTH secretion in normal individuals...”

Testosterone a treatment
“Testosterone is a steroid hormone from the androgen group...”

Topical Applications a treatment
“...Some hydrophobic chemicals, such as steroid hormones, can be absorbed into the body after being applied to the skin in the form of a cream, gel or lotion...”

Ultrasound Therapy a treatment
“...There is also evidence that ultrasound devices can help in patients who have poor healing potential including diabetics, smokers, and patients taking oral steroid medications...”

Ultraviolet Light Therapy a treatment
“...UVB therapy is used to ... activate steroid hormones...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...(extracting energy from carbohydrate and glucose), are important in fatty acid synthesis and in the deamination (nitrogen removal) of amino acids, are needed in the formation of red blood cells and steroids, and are helpful in the metabolism of some drugs and toxins...”

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) a treatment
“...CoA plays a major role in the metabolism of fatty acids, cholesterol, amino acids, vitamins A and D, steroid hormones and much more...”

Vitamin D a treatment
“...Vitamin D is actually more like a steroid hormone than it is like the other cofactor-type vitamins...”

Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Requirement

...the condition
“...Known as the "anti-stress'' vitamin, pantothenic acid plays a role in the production of the adrenal hormones and steroids produced in the adrenal glands, and aids in vitamin utilization...”


...the condition
“...Local steroid creams are sometimes used in the early stages of a rapidly progressive depigmentation...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...A comprehensive approach to presumed or documented candida should include ... Eliminate the chronic use of antibiotics, steroids, immune-suppressing drugs, and birth control pills (unless there is absolute medical necessity)...”
...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
Steroid hormones, immunosuppressant and anti-inflammatory drugs, ulcer medications or acid blockers used for prolonged periods can all cause yeast overgrowth.”
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