This is the scenario: a guy, say age 21, becomes serious about gaining muscle. He’s 5′ 10″, 7″ wrists, 9″ ankles, average genetics for muscle size-and-proportioned. He’s played sports, but never done more than an occasional resistance workout. Now, he begins a good training-eating-and-resting program. With his genetics, he has the potential for naturally gaining 45 pounds of lean mass if he stays consistent with progressive training/proper eating for a continuous 3 to 4 years.
But, about three months after beginning his training, he starts taking steroids. He does three steroid cycles in the following 18 months, and includes proper post-cycle therapy. That entire time, he’s continuing to consistently train and eat properly. Before the end of two years, he’s gained 45 pounds of lean mass (which with steroids, by the way, is not necessarily typical but neither improbable). At that point, he permanently quits using steroids, but he does continue properly training and eating for another two years. At the end of four years, he carries the same 45 pounds of lean mass.
It is important to use the correct amount of topical steroid for your eczema, as instructed by your healthcare professional. Topical steroids should be applied with clean hands so that the skin just glistens. It can sometimes be difficult to judge how much steroid to use and there are guidelines on the amount required to cover body areas that are affected by eczema. These are based on the Finger Tip Unit (FTU), and explained in detail in our fact sheet which you can download as a pdf from the related documents to the right of this page.
Opinions vary greatly on the effects of steroid use. Although medical research is being conducted there is a divide amongst experts as to the effect of steroid use. Some of the users will write articles on the internet that is totally positive about the advantages of such use and the medical profession will write a negative article whilst both are discussing the same symptoms. It is well known that drug users will always try to justify their habit by producing facts and figures or even research that shows that their habit is not dangerous and causes no ill effects. The medical profession will offer views, supported by statistics that prove that drug use causes great harm, not only to themselves but to their families and friends indirectly. They will also argue that medical facilities are stretched by having to deal with self-inflicted illnesses and the weakness of those people taking steroids. Steroids are used by the medical profession to treat illnesses such as asthma and it is understandable that they resent misuse of such a drug when they are seeing the side effects that it has on their genuine patients. People will always be tempted by the lure of drugs as it is the lazy way to solve their problems and get a quick fix whether it is to enhance performance, to look better, or just to make them feel good temporarily.