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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:
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.
The cause of sarcoidosis still remains unknown, so there is at present no known way to prevent or cure this disease.
While there is no specific cure for the disease, doctors have had a great deal of experience in management of the illness as described above. It should be noted that most people with sarcoidosis lead normal lives.
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2015
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