Like many other people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), steroids have played a role in my treatment regimen. When I was 12 years old, I had a bad flare that affected my lungs and heart. IV steroids saved my life. All these years later, steroids are still helping me, but now it is through occasional steroid injections when my body needs some extra help.
What are steroids?
Steroids (or corticosteroids) are drugs that resemble the hormone cortisol, which your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands. Steroids decrease inflammation and suppress the immune system. Examples of steroid medication include cortisone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone. They are not the same as anabolic steroids, which are sometimes used illegally in sports.
Steroids can be a valuable tool to prevent progression of diseases that involve inflammation, including for instance vasculitis and myositis, and inflammatory arthritis. When someone experiences inflammation in the kidneys, steroi...
Hemoptysis; Spitting up blood; Bloody sputum
Cough suppressants may help if this condition is due to throat irritation from violent coughing. However, cough suppressants may lead to airway blockages in some cases. Always check with your doctor before using them.
It is very important to note how long you cough up blood, and how much blood is mixed with the mucus. Contact your doctor any time you cough up blood, even if you do not have any other symptoms.
Call your health care provider if
Get medical help right away if you cough up blood and have:
A cough that produces more than a few teaspoons of blood
Blood in your urine or stools
Severe shortness of breath
What to expect at your health care provider's office
In an emergency case, your doctor will give you treatments to control your condition. The doctor will then ask you questions a...
Generic Name: DIPHENHYDRAMINE - ORAL Pronounced: (dye-fen-HI-druh-meen) Silphen Cough Oral Uses
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used to relieve
symptoms of allergy, hay fever and the common cold. These symptoms include
rash, itching, watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, cough, runny nose and
sneezing. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness
caused by motion sickness. Diphenhydramine can also be used to help you relax
and fall asleep.
This medication works by blocking a certain natural
substance (histamine) that your body makes during an allergic reaction. Its
drying effects on such symptoms as watery eyes and runny nose are caused by
blocking another natural substance made by your body
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unles...
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