Oral and injected steroids are medications, which are used to treat infection in the body. When they are taken in oral or injected forms, the course of regulation is referred as systemic. These medicines are widely used to treat variety of diseases, like systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other autoimmune diseases. Systemic steroids are also used for the treatment of asthma attacks, and sometimes, severe allergic rhinitis symptoms.
Many people use systemic steroids for few days and suffer from temporary side effects like increase in appetite, sleeping problems (insomnia), fluctuations in mood and behavior, face becomes red, and short term weight gain as a result of increased water retention. These side effects generally disappear after few days when intake of steroids is stopped.
People suffering with diabetes mellitus can observe an increase in their blood sugar levels, people with high blood pressure will observe rise in their blood pressure readings. People with glaucoma will suffer from increased pressures in their eyes. People with congestive heart failure suffer from retaining of water and this worsens their condition. So, if a person with any chronic disease consuming systemic steroids then their physician must closely monitor.