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What are steroids?

Steroids (short for corticosteroids) are synthetic drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your body produces naturally. Steroids work by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system. They are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases and conditions.

Corticosteroids are different from anabolic steroids, which some athletes use to build bigger muscles. Examples of corticosteroid medications include triamcinolone, cortisone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone.

How Many Types of Arthritis Are There?

There are many types of arthritis (over 100 identified). The types of arthritis range from those related to wear and tear of cartilage (such as osteoarthritis) to those associated with inflammation resulting from a misdirected immune system (such as rheumatoid arthritis). While osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are common types of arthritis, there are many other common and uncommon types of arthritis.

Other types of inflammatory arthritis include;

  1. psoriatic arthritis,
  2. ankylosing spondylitis, and
  3. reactive arthritis.

Types of infectious arthritis include septic arthritis and Lyme arthritis. Together, the many types of arthritis make up the most common chronic illness in the United States. Self-limited forms of arthritis can occur in association with viral infections.Click for more information about arthritis symptoms, causes, treatment, and prognosis

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