Steroids and Their Effects

The effects of bodybuilding steroids are considered harmful and irreversible at times. Some of these include acne on the face and the back. They are also responsible for some behavioral change in some people. The person will normally become easily irritated and aggressive. The aggression in some of these people is what causes them to commit crimes such as armed robbery and physical fighting. This will normally depend on the type of drug taken and the duration of time it has been used. These are also responsible for high blood pressure, heart attacks, mood swings sexual arousal and confusion.

This increases the body’s vulnerability to infection. In children taking steroids, illnesses such as measles and chickenpox may be more serious. In an emergency the adrenal glands normally release a surge of steroids to cope. This will not happen if you are taking high dose steroids. It is vital to carry a steroid warning card at all times for at least two years after you have stopped taking steroids.

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Topical means that the steroid or corticosteroid drug is applied to the skin rather than taken by mouth because steroids are available in spray or cream form. It is the most popular form of treatment for eczema and comes in varying strengths, ranging from mild to potent, depending on how bad your eczema is and what part of your body it affects. Mild hydrocortisone cream should be available from your pharmacists without a prescription, but if the condition persists you should consult your doctor.

Steroids work in much the same way as drugs for asthma by preventing inflammation. Used in a nasal spray they reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and so prevent a runny nose, a blocked nose and sneezing. They can also help prevent red and itchy eyes. If you suffer from severe hay fever, doctors recommend that you start taking steroids every day just before the start of the hay fever seasons and continue taking them until the end.

However, taking in steroids will always have its drawbacks, even though it can increase your strength and muscular performance. Hypertensive individuals are discouraged to take this, since it will elevate blood pressure, and in return, increase the risk of a stroke. Incidences of cardiovascular diseases also increase due to anabolic steroids. It may even cause extensive liver damage in high dosage. Males will also experience reduced sexual function and even infertility due to this drug.

In some cases, athletes who have been on top in their sport cannot seem to tolerate losing or being out of the number one position. Steroids can help them to remain on top and avoid the bad feelings they experience when they perform poorly. They feel they will keep their star status as long as they perform well. If they perform poorly, they are fearful that they will no longer be loved and admired.

There are a few reasons why the steroid topicals are watched closely and used for a few weeks before discontinuing. For kids long term use may affect their growth. Some of the topical may be absorbed into the blood stream. Also using it can cause the skin to discolor and some people’s skin develops marks that look similar to stretch marks. If you suffer from acne or other conditions, the skin may worsen. Skin thinning is something to watch out for which is why most dermatologists recommend taking a break after three weeks and re-evaluating the situation. Using it only on the eczema bumps and patches is also important.

 

George Abbot

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