Anyone have any thoughts on the possibility of inhaled steroids (like Flonase) affecting blood sugars? Since starting it a few weeks ago, my blood sugars seem to be spiking much higher after rather modest carb meals. Just wondered if there was a correlation. I might add, I've been fighting an upper respiratory virus for about a month (and gave it to my wife as well) - not sure how viruses affect blood sugar.

Curious,
Mark

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Hmmm.. interesting. Not sure how one would go about determining that though.
Steroids affect blood sugar and can even, I understand, bring on diabetes. I have been recommended Flonase and the doctor assured me there wasn't enough steroid in the doses to affect blood sugar, but I don't buy that. I'd say get off it as soon as you can. Are you sure it's a virus and not a bacterial sinus infection? I fight them frequently, and they linger forever...the only thing that helps is 3 weeks of a really good antibiotic, like Augmentin.
Well don't think sinus infections are contagious and my wife caught this virus. No facial pain, no discoloration of mucus. Mostly post-nasal drip which irritates my chest some. Fevers are gone - strength is back , but tickling in chest, some mild aching in chest and occasional heavy post-nasal drip remains. Supposedly nasal steroids don't affect sugars and I suspect since I can keep my sugars down in the 100-110 level with no grains, that that wouldn't be possible if the flonase was affecting them.

Mark

No one seems to have addressed the question about your long-term respiratory virus. Are you sure it's still a virus? I had a sinus infection from Thanksgiving till I finally saw an ENT who put me on sufficient antibiotic to finally kill it in March.

And these illnesses DO affect blood sugar. I wouldn't do anything drastic in terms of blood sugar regime until you recover from your infection.

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