Practice changer for sore throats! /2397069241/Steroids may be helpful for sore throats.  This is a new thought.

8 research trials were combined with results showing that for patients with sore throats (with  negative rapid strep test) and painful swallowing that steroids may treat the symptoms.  Patients who received steroids were three times more likely to report complete resolution of symptoms at 24 hours than those that did not have steroids.

We know that corticosteroids have an effect of suppressing the immune system and carry the theoretical risk of making an existing infection worse.  For this reason, steroids should be considered but may not be given.  There have not been any studies comparing pain relief between steroids (with above risks) to pain relievers like acetaminophen and NSAIDs.

So, you and your doctor can decide when and if steroids are given.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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