Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.
All anabolic steroid use not prescribed by a licensed physician, is more properly defined as “ steroid abuse ”.ÂÂÂ The reason for this is simple, “ Steroids are very powerful hormones that can be extremely dangerous!”ÂÂÂ They can cause a variety of health problems some of which can have lasting ramifications.ÂÂÂ Although the twenty-three steroid related dangers listed below are not exhaustive, they certainly illustrate the risks and potentially harmful effects abusers face.