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What are the side effects of steroids for chronic hives?

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Taking steroids for chronic hives can cause side effects like:

Because of the chance of these side effects, doctors usually give them at low doses and only for short periods of time.

If you take these for a while, you could have other side effects, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Bone density problems
  • Blurred vision
  • The need to pee a lot
  • Increased thirst
  • Fluid retention
  • Psychological effects
  • Cataracts
  • High blood sugar
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Osteoporosis (thinning bones)
  • Bruising

From: Treatment for Chronic Hives WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Hives (Urticaria).”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Chronic Urticaria (Hives).”

Genentech/Novartis: “Xolair.”

National Health System / Gov.uk: “Urticaria (Hives).”

Sussman, G. , February 2014. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology

Mayo Clinic: "Prednisone and Other Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on January 23, 2019

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SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Hives (Urticaria).”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Chronic Urticaria (Hives).”

Genentech/Novartis: “Xolair.”

National Health System / Gov.uk: “Urticaria (Hives).”

Sussman, G. , February 2014. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology

Mayo Clinic: "Prednisone and Other Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on January 23, 2019

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