DOCTOR'S VIEW ARCHIVE
Corticosteroid Side Effects
Interview with Dr. Dennis Lee, and Dr. William C. Shiel Jr.
We have several viewer questions regarding
side effects of corticosteroids. Let me just introduce the topic by saying that
corticosteroids are potent medications that have been used in medicine to treat
many conditions that involve inflammation. For instance, they have been used to
treat rheumatoid arthritis
, and other arthritis
that is caused by inflammation
in the joints. They are also used to treat liver inflammation (hepatitis),
(which involve inflammation of the inner
lining of the intestines). Corticosteroids are used by pulmonologists to treat
. So, they are very important medications. However, they have serious potential side effects. Some of them involve thinning of the bones, avascular necrosis
bones, thinning of the skin and also swelling of the face, among many other
possible side effects.
Here is a question for Dr. Shiel; one viewer wants to know whether
long-term steroids can cause thinning of the skin.
Dr. Shiel: Yes, Dr. Lee without question long-term use of
cortisone-related medications such as prednisone or prednisolone is
commonly associated with skin thinning.