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Ever taken steroids?

Do they boost your immunity? Or kill it?

I have been sick with just about everything for over a month, so my Dr put me on a regimen of antibiotics and steroids. I got to reading the pamphlet that came with it, and it said it might cause my immune system to not catch up after the regimen, and infections could hide for up to a year??

So should I work on boosting my immunity? And how would I do so? What things should I be careful about?

Also, did steroids cause you to gain much weight? I soooo don't want to gain any more weight! lol


Asked by srhmldndo at 10:28 AM on Aug. 28, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • It depends on what you are taking and the duration. If it is a couple of weeks' supply, then you most likely will not gain 50 lbs and become immunocompromised. I think the pamphlet is to cover all worse case scenerios as a CYA thing. Just take them and get better. My daughter has been on many a dose of prednisone for her asthma without problems. She's usually only on a 10 day course though. And people get them injected for joint and back problems all the time without issue.

    Answer by Izsarejman at 10:43 AM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I was given a shot of them once at the dr for a bad alergic reaction to sinus medications that made one side of my face swell. I just wanted benadryl and to save the dr fees, but my mom forced me to go to the er, so I dont know if it was the benadryl, the steroids, or a mix of both, but my swelling went down. And I didnt gain any weight, but I only got one shot so...

    But its really something you need to discuss more with your dr.

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 10:52 AM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I have to take them when I get poison ivy. I don't gain weight, but it is for a short period of time.

    Answer by urkiddingright at 11:11 AM on Aug. 28, 2009

  • I had to take them for my sinus surgery and then for an acute sinus infection. I hated how I felt but I could breathe! They made me very hungry but I just watched what I ate. For me the benefits outweighed the side effects. It didn't do anything else. If you're on antibiotics eat plenty of yogurt and maybe take vitamin C w/zinc to help boost your immune system. Hope you feel better soon!

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 11:26 AM on Aug. 28, 2009