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Corticosteroids – Infections

October 27, 2010
Get a flu shot

Get a flu shot

This post is one in a series of articles about managing the side effects of corticosteroids when using the anti-inflammatories to treat knee osteoarthritis.

Using steroids for long periods of time can increase your risk of infection.  Corticosteroids can suppress your immune system.

If you are on steroids get a flu shot.  Also, you can discuss getting a vaccination against pneumonia.  Do not ignore possible signs of infection like:  large boils, high fever, a productive cough, or pain while urinating.  Also make sure to tell your doctor if you have a history or tuberculosis.



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