Steroids are common hormones used in the treatment of FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis). In some cases, the patients can get a marked improvement, making the symptoms like proteinuria and so on go away. However, the patients with FSGS have to continue using steroids for some years. If they use steroids for too long, the patients with FSGS may experience the following side effects.
1. Steroids can restrain the abnormal immune reaction to decrease the immune
complex production. At the same time, steroids also can weaken the body immunity
against the external antigens so the natural resistance to colds and coughs may
2. The patients' appetite may increase so they may gain body weight.
3. Steroids can regulate blood sugar and make it rise. Therefore, if the
patients use steroids over time, they are very likely to get Diabetes.
4. Steroids also can influence the patients' appearance. Facial flushing may
appear or stretch marks may appear on the skin.
5. Steroids have certain irritation to nerves so the patients may have mood
swings or temper tantrums.
The above side effects are only short-term. If the patients with FSGS stop
using steroids for a period of time, those symptoms will disappear. However,
FSGS is very likely to relapse so they have to use the hormone once again and
those side effects will follow up. What are worse, steroids can not cure FSGS or
improvement their renal function at all. The patients' kidneys will fail
gradually in the frequent relapse of the disease.
As the patients with FSGS have autoimmune deficiency and kidney injury, they
should not only improve their own immunity, but also should restore their
kidneys. In this way, they will be able to prevent the relapse of FSGS and
improve the renal function as well as get rid of their dependence on
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