When you have a medical issue, the first thing most people do is to go and see their doctor. Your doctor will make a diagnosis and will prescribe medication to treat your condition. If they are not sure of the diagnosis, they will send you for some tests and if it turns out to be more complex, they will send you to see a specialist.
The approach that most doctors take is to treat the symptoms, which in most cases will work and that’s that, but what if it turns out to be something more; a condition that there are no cures for and the usual treatment comes with side effects. Depending on the side effects, most people are willing to go ahead and take the medication, but in many chronic conditions, when people need to take their medication prophylactically, then the side effects can more often rear their ugly head and cause more problems, when used in the longer term.
The issue of taking drugs with side effects is a complex one. The traditional pharmaceutical industry has a way of calculating the benefit versus the side effects. What this means is that for such drugs, the benefits must outweigh the side effects, however, when it comes to drugs, such as steroidal products, where the side effects are accumulative, then in my opinion, over time the side effects outweigh the benefits. In the case of steroidal use, not only are there side effects to contend with, which can be worse than the original condition you set out to treat, but also the steroid dependency, which in itself can be a harrowing experience.
The use of steroidal products can be very effective in the short term, in treating inflammatory conditions, in particular dermal conditions such as: eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis and rosacea. But when the short term turns into a longer term and your condition doesn’t respond as well as before, before you know it, you are using higher and higher concentrations of the steroidal product to get some relief. At this point, you remember your doctor’s advice, that you should not use the steroidal product for a long term, as it thins your skin and causes other side effects. So now it’s become so complicated, you are damned to use the product and damned not to use it.
This is the point where most people feel they should have thought longer and harder about what drugs they are using and the consequences. At the time, their doctor warned them about using the steroid cream only for a few days. The irony is that the same doctor then continues to prescribe for them the same drug or even higher concentrations of the product. Sadly at this point the only option left open to you is to continue using these products and move up to the next drug, which comes with its own set of side effects and issues.
In today’s information technology, everyone can access and find out information just about anything. So the onus is on you to make sure you understand what products you take and what effects they have on you. You should always consult your doctor, but learn about the drugs you take and what side effects they have on your body and whether there are alternatives for treating your condition.