Many of you would be familiar with the word ‘steroids’ and would know about their functioning. For those who haven’t heard about them or have inadequate knowledge about steroids, Rubina Ratnakar brings a complete guide that will tell you all about steroids.

Hormones are natural chemicals present in our body that perform a number of different functions. Steroids, on the other hand, are man-made chemicals that are used to enhance physical fitness and increase the amount of physical activity. Steroids are capable of decreasing the pain and swelling if you are facing any injury.

Steroids are taken in a number of forms. They can be taken by mouth in the form of tablets and liquids that come under the category of oral steroids, in the form of an injection in a specific area, in the eyes in the form of drops, and can be even applied on the skin in the form of gels or creams.

The oral tablets are capable of reducing swelling and inflammation in the whole body. When the steroids are used in the form of an injection, it will work in the area to which it is injected. If your eyes are suffering from swelling and inflammation, eye drops are a perfect choice. If your skin is facing problems, then the steroids should be applied in the form of gel or cream to decrease the inflammation on the skin.

Steroids are like medicines used to treat the various problems of our body. Like many other medicines, steroids may have a number of side effects on our bodies as well. Taking oral tablets frequently can result in indigestion, heartburn, sleeping problems, increased mood swings, stretch marks, and easy bruising of the skin.

If you keep on applying them in the form of creams and gels, you may experience a burning sensation on application and increased growth of hair on the area you have applied the cream.

Eye drops may produce a burning effect when you put the drops in and you may even feel a different taste on your tongue after using the eye drops.

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