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Corticosteroids nasal spray (OTC) for treatment of Common Cold in Children with cold

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  • 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.

    • EVIDENCE | POORLY TESTED
    • EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
    • SAFETY | MILD RISKS

Recommendations

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.

About Corticosteroids nasal spray (OTC)

For example: Fluticasone propionate

  • Target Population:

    Children with cold, 2 to 16 years old

  • Dosage:

    One spray (Flonasole 50 mgr., Nasacort 55 mgr.) per nostril. Times per day (1-2) vary with age, response, and period of usage.

  • Goal:

    Treatment of Common Cold symptoms

Research Summary

  • Poorly tested
  • 1 Clinical Studies
  • 100 Children Tested
  • Unclear
  • Benefits:

    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.

  • Mild risks
  • Risks:

    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 Overview

  • Medical problem:

    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.

  • Complications:

    Bacterial infections: lung infection, middle ear infection, strep throat, sinus infection.

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Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates, as well as the synthetic analogues of these hormones. Synthetic pharmaceutical drugs with corticosteroid-like effects are used in a variety of conditions, ranging from brain tumors to skin diseases. (source)
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