Anti-inflammatory steroids, sometimes called corticosteroids, treat several illnesses.
Corticosteroids are not anabolic steroids, which are synthetic testosterone.
Steroids can also be administered via injections into joints, muscles, or blood vessels.
Steroids, for example, can help with asthma and chronic obstructive lung disease.
Steroids effectively treat skin diseases such as hives and eczema.
Steroids can be used to treat orthopedic conditions such as aching joints or muscles caused by arthritis, tennis elbow, or frozen shoulder.
Steroids can help relieve the pain and discomfort caused by an inflamed or trapped nerve, such as sciatica.
Steroids are used to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis, a debilitating illness of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), can be treated with steroids.
Steroids shouldn't often cause negative effects at low doses or for short periods. However, dose, steroid type, and treatment duration affect subsequent diseases.