Side Effects of Steroid Asthma Inhalers

Health and Wellness - Health Care
By: jseven    
11-Feb-2012

Introduction:Steroid asthma inhalers are used by thousands of people, including children, but they do have side effects that need to be exposed. Doctors and dermatologists always prescribe asthma inhalers as a first treatment for asthma and other breathing problems. The most common ones are inhaled and oral corticosteroids to reduce inflammation, calm the flare up and symptoms and reduce hospitalization time. Even though steroid reduce attacks, they do not stop one in progress.

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    Addictive

    Any steroid is an immune suppressant and can cause a dependent effect of the body on it as they take the place of the natural immune functions. Whenever there is suppression of a natural body function for too long of a period, there is bug possibly of a reboud effect that may be hard to withdraw from. Natural remedies have been found to be as effective and non-addictive.

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    High Doses Create Fungus and Thrush

    Too high of a dose of a steroid asthma inhaler causes thrush or a high yeast count in the body and mouth. A cough can also develop. Always rinse your mouth after using an asthma inhaler. It is best to keep the use of an inhaler for emergencies only to avoid dependence of the body on it.

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    Adrenal Gland Supression

    Corticosteroid inhalers can cause adrenal suppression if used long enough or even in a short period if overused. The steroids block the release of two important hormones that produce cortisol. Cortisol is a natural steroid that controls cardiovascular function, helps the body respond to stress, slow down the immune system and regulates fat, carbohydrates and proteins. Steroids also thin the bones and shrink the adrenal glands.

    Adrenal depletion causes fatigue, lack of appetite, loss of weight and muscle weakness. A severe adrenal crisis causes low blood pressure, severe back, abdominal and lower leg pain.

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    Bone Thinning

    Steroids affect the bones over time and can thin the bones and decrease bone density. Long-term use of an inhaler can cause your bones to fracture easily. Have them checked by your medical provider if you have not done so and use an inhaler.

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    Skin Issues

    The skin is the largest organ in the body and takes a beating from long term steroid usage. the skin will thin, get very dry and wrinkly, cause possible steroid acne and itchy rashes that seem to spread. Stopping steroid inhalers should be done under the supervision of your doctor as it could be fatal in not closely watched.





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