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Steroids Won't Ease Most Sinusitis Attacks, Study Finds

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 – Despite their increasing popularity as a treatment for sinusitis, corticosteroids do not seem to ease the symptoms of this common infection, a new Dutch study suggests. "This condition can considerably impair daily functioning, and its unpleasant symptoms may have a negative influence on the quality of life," said study author Dr. Roderick Venekamp, a postdoctoral researcher and general practitioner trainee in the department of otorhinolaryngology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. "As a consequence, patients' needs toward an effective therapy are often high. This might explain the high antibiotic prescribing rates in daily practice," Venekamp said. "However, previous studies revealed that the vast majority of patients with mild to moderate acute rhinosinusitis do not benefit from antibiotics." "Nowadays, intranasal corticosteroids – anti-inflammatory drugs – ... Read more

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Steroid Nasal Sprays Show Small Benefit for Sinusitis: Study

Posted 15 May 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 15 – Corticosteroid nasal sprays apparently are not a silver bullet when it comes to symptom relief for acute sinusitis patients, a new review suggests. The British analysis of six prior studies found that the sprays confer only a small degree of benefit, and only after being taken for three weeks at relatively high doses. The disappointing observation comes amid growing public health concerns that the more common use of antibiotics for short-term sinusitis symptoms is both ineffective and potentially dangerous because the drugs contribute to bacterial resistance. "Looking at all the trials together, we found that nasal steroids seem to give a small benefit for patients with acute sinusitis," said study co-author Matthew Thompson, a senior clinical scientist in the department of primary care health sciences at the University of Oxford, in England. "In fact, they work about ... Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Nasal Spray for Allergies

Posted 18 Aug 2011 by Drugs.com

-- A nasal spray can help many allergy sufferers find relief from symptoms, but it's important that the spray be used correctly. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these suggestions when using a nasal spray: It may take as long as two weeks before you notice the spray's full effect. At least once per week, wash the canister that delivers the spray. Before you spray, sniff air into each nostril to allow the medication to go deep inside the nose. Aim the spray straight toward the back of your head. If used correctly, the spray shouldn't leak from your nose or down your throat. Stop using the spray for a few days if you have a nosebleed or feel pain in the nose. Use the medication as directed by your doctor, and store it out of direct sunlight. Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Steroid Nasal Spray

Posted 13 Jan 2009 by Drugs.com

-- Steroid nasal sprays can be used to help nasal congestion and mucus production, symptoms of conditions including sinusitis (sinus inflammation). The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions when using a nasal steroid spray: If your nasal spray comes in a canister, make sure you wash the canister device thoroughly at least once each week. Before you spray, sniff air into each nostril to be sure the passageways are clear. Point the nozzle straight toward the back of your head so that you don't waste the medicine. The medicine should not drip down the back of your throat or from your nose. Stop using the spray if you have nosebleeds or pain in your nose. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Give the spray time to work. You may not see results for up to two weeks. Read more

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