Corticosteroid Definition

Corticosteroids are a group of steroid hormones produced by your body in the adrenal cortex, though they can be made synthetically as well.

There two kinds variations of corticosteroids, glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids, perform different metabolic functions.

Common Corticosteroid Treatment

This treatment is for the more severe hay fever sufferers, and is regarded in some countries as the most effective treatment option for those sufferers.

It can take up to 2 weeks before the drug becomes fully effective, and dosing needs to continue for the duration as advised by a healthcare professional.

The most common side-effects of corticosteroids are nasal complications including nose bleeds and damage to the lining of the nose, headaches and increased susceptibility to infection.

Due to the suppression of the immune system brought about by corticosteroids, those with unhealed wounds should exercise caution before using, wound healing is impaired by this medication, and ulcer formation is also possible.

Always seek medical advice prior to taking any medication, and only ever take medication as directed.

Corticosteroid tablets are also an option, as are injections which may be available in some countries.

If you are using corticosteroids it is safe to use other hay fever medications, though only in line with medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist as always.