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How do steroids treat polymyalgia rheumatica and temporal arteritis?

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Steroids reduce the function of inflammatory cells that cause these illnesses. Consequently, steroids minimize tissue damage. However, steroids also impair the immune system -- thus increasing the risk of infection.

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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