In many lung conditions, the airways within the lungs become inflamed
(swollen). This can lead to shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing.
Corticosteroids are medicines that decrease the body's inflammatory
response, which is often triggered by an infection or chronic disease (such as
asthma). A decrease in inflammation may decrease
symptoms, such as shortness of breath.
Recommended Related to Lung Disease/Respiratory Problems
Oftentimes, the distinctive pain caused by pleurisy is an important clue to your doctor. In addition, your doctor will listen to your chest with a stethoscope as you breathe. This exam may reveal a pleural friction rub -- the abrasive sound of the pleura's two layers sliding against each other.
Pleural friction rub produces a scraping, raspy sound that occurs at the end of your inhalation and the beginning of your exhalation. It comes from the area directly over the pleural inflammation. A decrease...
Corticosteroids given by mouth or given through a vein (intravenous)
have many potential side effects if used for long periods of time (usually
longer than 10 days). Side effects occur less often and are less severe when
inhaled forms of corticosteroids are used.
Potential side effects of long-term use of corticosteroids