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Can taking steroids for my Crohn's disease make it harder for me to fight infection?

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Steroids slow your immune system. That can make it harder for your body to fight off infections.

While you take them, you’re more likely to have:

  • Genital yeast infection
  • Mouth yeast infection, or thrush
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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