steroid round face

Question

I took steroids for 3 weeks for a very severe case of poison ivy. I finished the medication 5 days ago, but the “round face” side effect still persists. How long can I expect to look like this?

Answer

There is no exact answer. Since you were on steroids for such a short period of time, I would expect that the “moon facies” or “chipmunk cheeks” to resolve rather rapidly over the next few weeks. For people on steriods for longer periods of time, I tell them about 3 to 6 months. Exercise helps.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University