Treatment with Corticosteroids nose spray. Only 1 valid study conducted, with 100 children. Unclear effectiveness due to high risk of bias in the trial. Seems safe, but long term usage and higher than the recommended dosage may delay children's' growth.
Do not use this treatment:
There is no evidence that it is effective in relieving runny nose, stuffy nose, cough and sneezing, or in shortening their duration. Side effects seem minor.
For example: Fluticasone propionate
Children with cold, 2 to 16 years old
One spray (Flonasole 50 mgr., Nasacort 55 mgr.) per nostril. Times per day (1-2) vary with age, response, and period of usage.
Treatment of Common Cold symptoms
Unclear impact, more research is needed. The only conducted study was with high potential of bias, and therefore its results can not be taken into account.
Minor reported side effects, including sneezing, dryness or burning feeling or infection inside the nose, throat irritation. Headaches and nose bleed are uncommon, and perforation (hole) inside the nose is rare.
Common Cold (symptoms caused by viral infection of the upper respiratory system).
Symptoms and signs:
Cough, general discomfort, headache, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, stuffy nose and weakness.
Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.
Corticosteroids nose spray (OTC)
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