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At your next appointment, ask your doctor or asthma nurse what your total daily dose of steroid medicine is, from your preventer medicine and any other steroid medicines you’re taking. They can let you know if you should be carrying a steroid card. If you have just had any injections or vaccinations, tell your doctor before you take prednisolone. If you are going to have any injections or vaccinations, tell your doctor or nurse you are taking prednisolone.

  • For example, if you need treatment for anything else, including teeth problems.
  • Mean symptoms severity scores were not significantly different on days 2 to 4.
  • We know that it is common to struggle with your mental health when you have cancer or care for someone with cancer.
  • If you think you need dental treatment, talk to your cancer doctor or nurse.
  • The results suggest that steroids are not effective in the treatment of chest infections in non-asthmatic adult patients.

You should also avoid close contact with children who have had the flu vaccine nasal spray if your immune system is severely weakened. Let your doctor or nurse know if you have any problems with your eyes. Talk to your doctor or nurse about any of these side effects.

Chest infection

“The European Medicines Agency concluded in a review that this can affect between 1 and 10 COPD patients in 100 using ICS medicines and the risk of pneumonia has been shown to be related to the dose of ICS. The findings highlight that the use of ICS increases the risk of NTM-PD, the authors concluded. NTM-PD is still relatively rare but because it is a chronic infection that is extremely difficult to treat, prescribers should consider the risk when prescribing ICS, particularly to patients with COPD. Steroids can make you feel hungrier than usual and you may gain weight.

  • Excess mucus is able to protect Aspergillus from the body’s normal defences, they say.
  • It’s sometimes necessary for steroid tablets to be taken for longer periods.
  • This is because the steroids in your preventer inhaler work in the background to prevent inflammation from building up in your airways.
  • Having this problem can affect your body’s ability to cope with stress.

We’ll arrange for a blood test to check your child’s antibodies to chicken pox and your child may need an injection to protect them, but your doctor or nurse will talk through this with you. Steroids affect your child’s immune system, so they shouldn’t have any ‘live’ vaccines if they’re receiving a high dose of injected or oral steroids. But it’s important they’re up to date with other vaccines beforehand to avoid catching one of the diseases that vaccination prevents.

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This may be more common in people with a previous history of mood disturbance. If you’re worried about this, talk to the person who is prescribing your steroids about it. It is important that your healthcare team review your medication on a regular basis to ensure you are on the correct treatment to minimise the risk of long term effects.

Look out for increased thirst and wanting to go to the toilet more often than usual.Your child’s growth could be affected by long-term use or high doses of steroid treatment and/or their bones may become thinner. We’ll monitor them closely throughout treatment to reduce the chance of these happening. In summary, bronchitis is a lower respiratory tract viral infection that causes inflammation, phlegmy cough and difficulty breathing. It has been suggested that steroids may be effective in treating bronchitis.

They stop symptoms from getting worse and lower your risk of having another asthma attack. It’s important to take your steroid preventer inhaler every day, even if you feel well. If you take your preventer inhaler every day, as prescribed, you should notice fewer symptoms.

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You might feel dizzy and you may feel as though the room is spinning. You might have weaker bones due to bone loss (osteoporosis). If you have diabetes already, you might need to check your blood sugar levels more often than usual.

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This can cause thinning of the skin, stretch marks, and the face to become rounder, but it usually clears up once steroids are stopped. If you have systemic sclerosis, prednisolone could cause problems with your kidneys at certain doses, so you might not be able to take this type of steroid. Steroids won’t cure your condition, but they’re very good at reducing inflammation and will ease symptoms such as swelling, pain and stiffness.

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For example, if you need treatment for anything else, including teeth problems. Blood clots can develop in the deep veins of your body, usually the leg. A blood clot can be very serious if it travels to your lungs (pulmonary embolism), although this isn’t common. Feeling hungrier can make it difficult to keep your weight down.

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