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What causes swelling in the body while on steroids?

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why do steroids cause swelling I thought they took the swelling down and how long does the swelling stay and what can I do to make it better
Wed, 16 May 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 36 minutes later
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Due to fluid retention

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Dear Ma'am, I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns,

Because cortisone is involved in regulating the body's balance of water, sodium, and other electrolytes, using these drugs can promote fluid retention and swelling.

In order to reduce fluid accumulation, you should follow a low sodium diet. Look for low-salt versions of typically high-salt foods, such as chips, soups, canned vegetables, salad dressings, and prepared foods.

Also, try to avoid extra salt in food at the table rather than use it in moderation during cooking. If the swelling is severe you may need diuretics (water pills) to improve the condition. This fluids retention should be reversed completely when you stop taking corticosteroids.

I hope you find this helpful...Feel free to ask further.

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Follow-up: What causes swelling in the body while on steroids? 52 minutes later
thank u so much :))
Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 9 hours later
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You are welcome

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you are welcome, kind regards.. if you don't have any other clarifications then please close the discussion and rate the answer.
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