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Inhaled steroids may increase risk of lung infections
Using inhaled steroids to control asthma and other breathing problems may increase the risk of developing nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung infections. NTM are in the same family as tuberculosis, but NTM comes in many different species and is widely dispersed in the environment. They also found that the longer a person was on an inhaled steroid and the higher the dose, the more likely the patient was to develop an NTM lung infection.
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