Steroids use in sepsis

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IN THIS ARTICLE
  • What Is Sepsis?
  • What Causes Sepsis?
  • What Are Sepsis Risk Factors?
  • What Are Sepsis Symptoms and Signs?
  • When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Sepsis?
  • What Tests Do Health Care Professionals Use to Assess and Diagnose Sepsis?
  • What Is the Treatment for Sepsis?
  • Are There Home Remedies for Sepsis?
  • Is Sepsis Contagious?
  • What Specialists Treat Sepsis?
  • What Is the Prognosis of Sepsis?
  • Is It Possible to Prevent Sepsis?
  • Pictures of Sepsis
  • Read more on Sepsis (Blood Infection) from Healthwise
  • Sepsis (Blood Infection) Topic Guide
What Causes Sepsis?

Anabolic and androgenic steroids are available as prescription medications to be used in cases in which the body does not make enough hormone and supplementation may be required. Some hormone supplements in this pathway include growth hormone and testosterone itself. These medications are legally prescribed by health-care providers, but this group of drugs is often used illegally and abused to help increase athletic performance and improve body appearance. When used in a well-nourished body, anabolic steroids will cause weight gain primarily due to an increase in muscle mass.

It’s therefore natural to think of antibiotic therapy as the natural opposite of steroids, and this has some truth to it. In the case of infection — which, remember, is not the only cause of inflammation — steroids do inhibit the immune response. But bear in mind that antibiotics do not, as a general rule, actually support or promote the body’s inflammatory response; rather, they work independently by attacking the infection directly along their own pathways. The result is that some pathologies (such as the contentious cases of sepsis and epiglottitis) may respond  both to steroids — to manage the excessive inflammatory response — and antibiotics — to help eliminate the source infection.

Steroids use in sepsis

steroids use in sepsis

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