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So, by treating that underlying inflammation with a low-dose steroid inhaler, what we can do is help prevent people having symptoms and massive.
If you need steroid tablets, whether they're on a short-term basis or a very occasionally long-term, it's again to treat the inflammation in the lungs, it's just is having to treat a lot more.
For people who are. Finally, the key thing is that steroid treatment is essential in the management of asthma. This is so it can build up a protective effect in your lungs over time. The low dose of steroids helps to reduce your sensitivity to triggers and keep you symptom-free.
Very little is absorbed into the rest of the body where it could cause side effects. If you're taking a higher dose, your GP, asthma nurse or hospital doctor will usually keep a close eye on you to monitor any side effects.
You can find more advice on how to use your inhaler here. Any increased risk is very small and linked to your age the older you are, the higher the risk and the overall dose and length of time you've been taking the steroids.
For example, if a child takes mcg of Budesonide daily for three years, this translates as a 1. Ultimately, for children who need them, the benefits of taking inhaled steroids far outweigh the risks. If you're worried about you, or your child, taking steroid inhalers, speak to your GP or asthma nurse. You can also call our Helpline on Mon to Fri; 9am to 5pm to speak to one of our asthma nurses.
These come in dissolvable or soluble form, and contain a much higher dose of steroids than a preventer inhaler. For adults, steroid tablets are usually prescribed for at least five days. For children, steroid tablets are usually prescribed for up to three days. The course may be longer depending on how long it takes you or your child to fully recover. It is important that steroid tablets are taken as prescribed and that you continue taking your preventer inhaler every day. You should also make sure that you don't stop taking your steroid tablets before the course is finished or you're fully recovered.
This means your risk of having a potentially fatal asthma attack will go up. If you or your child needs a longer course of steroid tablets, your GP or asthma nurse will make sure these are prescribed at the lowest possible dose.
Remember, you should continue using your preventer inhaler daily when taking steroid tablets to help reduce the inflammation in your airways. Oral steroid treatments do come with possible side effects, like most medication.
However the vast majority of people who take oral steroids, especially in the form of short or occasional courses of steroid tablets, will not experience significant side effects. If you're worried, tell your GP or asthma nurse straight away because they can discuss solutions with you.
You can also call our Helpline to chat to one of our friendly asthma nurses on Mon to Fri; 9am to 5pm , who will be able to offer tips on how to reduce side effects. Probably like most people I used to hate taking them and a few years ago, decided to stop all my medication.
I was in hospital 36 hours later. Even though the high dose of steroids I take causes some side effects, without them I wouldn't breathe as well or have such a good quality of life.
You need to balance it up. The use of steroids has been associated with a risk of reduced bone density in some people. At your annual asthma review , your GP or asthma nurse can talk to you about your individual risk and what measures you can take to reduce this risk. If you're taking steroids, especially if you're taking high doses in the long term, you may gain weight due to increased fluid retention.
Some people who take steroids, particularly oral or injected steroids in the long term, may find they put on weight and notice they develop a 'moon-shaped' face. This side effect is usually temporary and will stop once the course has finished. Your GP or asthma nurse will monitor this.
The use of steroids, especially if you're taking high doses, has been linked to an increased risk of developing a certain form of diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can cause serious long-term health problems. Your GP or asthma nurse will keep an eye on your blood sugar levels if you're taking high doses of steroids by arranging blood tests and by testing your urine for glucose.
You will be prescribed medicines to help manage your blood sugar levels if you need them. The medicines to treat asthma are safe in pregnancy and won't harm your baby.
This includes your preventer inhaler and steroid tablets. There are more risks to both you and your baby if you don't take your medicines and your asthma gets worse.
When you first find out you're pregnant book an appointment with your GP or asthma nurse to review your asthma medicines and your written asthma action plan and to check you're taking your inhaler properly. It's also important to see your GP or asthma nurse regularly throughout your pregnancy to make sure your asthma is well managed. Anyone taking oral steroids or a high dose of inhaled steroids for more than three weeks should be given a steroid treatment card.
Small enough to keep in your purse or wallet, this card has room to record the details of your dose and your condition s. This is so that if you ever need any medical treatment and you're not able to communicate you're having an asthma attack, for example , the people treating you know you're taking prednisolone and can plan your treatment accordingly.
If you are taking oral steroids, or high-dose inhaled steroids, for more than three weeks then you should never suddenly stop them. Remember, if you have any concerns or are worried about taking oral steroids, you can always call the Asthma UK Helpline on Mon to Fri; 9am to 5pm to speak to one of our friendly asthma nurses. By making a donation today you can help save lives, stop asthma attacks and help find for a cure for asthma.
Steroids help to calm and prevent inflammation in the airways by blocking the effects of certain chemicals your immune system uses to 'kick-start' inflammation. Taking steroid medicines makes it less likely that you will experience asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
Like all prescription drugs, there is a risk of side effects when you take steroids. But you'll only ever be prescribed them if the benefits outweigh the risks. Steroids for asthma and their side effects Asthma UK's in-house GP explains how steroids work to help control asthma and why you shouldn't worry about side effects. Steroids work by calming down the 0: It's that inflammation that not only causes symptoms such as cough, wheeze and 0: So, by treating that underlying inflammation with a low-dose steroid inhaler, what we can do is help prevent people having symptoms and massive 0: If you need steroid tablets, whether they're on a short-term basis or a very occasionally long-term, it's again to treat the inflammation in the lungs, it's just is having to treat a lot more 1: For people who are 1: Common concerns about your child's asthma medicines.
Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research. Speak to an asthma expert nurse on our helpline Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.