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What are the side effects of steroids for allergies?

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Steroids are drugs that can lower swelling that comes with allergies, asthma, and similar conditions. This medication when taken by mouth can cause side effects that include:

Potential systemic steroid side effects with long-term use include:

If you take steroids through an inhaler, it can cause side effects that include coughs, hoarseness, or fungal infections of the mouth.

  • Weight gain
  • Fluid retention
  • High blood pressure
  • Growth suppression
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts of the eyes
  • Bone thinning osteoporosis
  • Muscle weakness

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 03, 2017

SOURCE: 

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

FDA. News release.

Sanofi-aventis U.S. News release. 

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on May 03, 2017

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