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Sarcoidosis (cont.)

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Follow-up

Frequent check-ups are important so that the doctor can monitor the illness and, if necessary, adjust the treatment. Corticosteroids, for example, can have side effects:

  • mood swings, swelling, and weight gain because the treatment tends to make the body hold on to water;

  • high blood pressure;

  • high blood sugar (hyperglycemia); and

  • cravings for food.

Long-term use can affect the stomach, skin, and bones. This situation can bring on stomach pain, an ulcer, or acne, or cause the loss of calcium from bones. However, if the corticosteroid is taken in carefully prescribed low doses, the benefits from the treatment are usually far greater than any associated side effects.

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