Steroid Injection Infections - Diagnosis & Management

Anabolic steroid injections can cause serious infections, but sometimes it’s hard to differentiate between an infection and a localized reaction or hematoma. This video is about the diagnosis and management of infections for harm reduction purposes. I discuss the range of infections, when to suspect an infection rather than a localized reaction, and strategies for minimizing infection risk. I also explain what antibiotics may be used to treat both skin and muscle infections as well as the risks of some antibiotics for people lifting heavy weights. Even if you think you’re being safe, there are a few mistakes I see men making that compromise sterile technique, and a few ways that even sterile technique can lead to infection. If you inject steroids, watch this video to reduce your risk of infection!

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00:00 - Intro
01:27 - Range of infections
02:17 - Is it an infection or a local reaction?
03:14 - Local reaction hematomas
04:43 - Warning signs of infection
05:59 - Pathophysiology of steroid infections
06:51 - 2 types of issues: non-sterile vs. sterile technique
07:38 - Don't reuse injection or draw needles
08:25 - Using alcohol to clean skin
09:09 - Sterile technique but contaminated steroid
09:44 - Issues with higher volume injections
10:37 - Repeating injections into infected region
11:08 - Common bacteria: staph, streptococcus
11:57 - Pseudomonas, atypical mycobacteria
13:10 - Infectious process
14:08 - Deep infections are a problem - what happens?
14:45 - Antibiotics - penicillins, cephalosporins
15:44 - Amoxicillin & augmentin
16:26 - Antibiotic allergies
16:55 - Bactrim, doxycycline
18:05 - Fluoroquinolones & tendon ruptures
19:07 - Summary: do these 5 things to minimize infection risk

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As the Anabolic Doc, since 2003, I’ve provided men who are using or have used anabolic steroids a confidential, ethical and professional medical venue to discuss their use. I do NOT in any way support the use of any performance enhancing drugs - PEDs, anabolic steroid or other medicine for muscle building or body transformation. The “off-label” use of PEDs, as such agents is considered illicit and may lead to adverse health outcomes. Please consult an expert health professional regarding any medical agent and do NOT use any medicine without the explicit advice and supervision of an appropriate medical expert.

This video is for education and information only. This is not medical advice. Only take medications as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take illegal substances. Taking steroids can lead to serious health consequences.

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