Steroids are synthetic drugs that resemble cortisone. This is a hormone that is produced in the body. They are not same as used by athletes. The immune system is suppressed by the steroids. The suppression is very useful in treating autoimmune diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis.

The design of the body’s immune system is done in such a way that the micro-organisms that cause infections are fought.  There are various reasons due to which the body organs are taken into consideration by the immune system.  This self intolerance is also called as autoimmunity.

Steroids can be given intravenously, through the intramuscular route or orally. These can also be given in the tendons or joints.  The most common way of administering steroids is orally.

Intramuscular is also a great option. A methylprednisolone or a slow release preparation is given usually. About 5mg dose is released by this per day. This is a very low dose therapy.

The intravenous route is mainly used during emergencies. This therapy is a high dose one. A lot of monitoring and admission is required. The most common of all steroids for infusion is methylpredinosolone.

The usage of steroids is seen mainly in autoimmune conditions. They are used in very high doses for complications that are life threatening. They are also used commonly in autoimmune conditions which are very severe.

These steroids are very life saving and organ saving especially when autoimmune diseases are very active. They can also help in controlling the inflammation that occurs in rheumatoid arthritis. Steroids are very synthetic hormones that help people in controlling symptoms of arthritis such as inflammation and pain.

The types of steroids that are used for treating arthritis are very different according to the severity and location of the condition. However, steroids can also cause some significant side effects.