Steroids in pharyngitis: Do they make a difference?

If you have a few moments to spare today I’d recommend you do one or both of the following:

Read the following post from the excellent FOAM blog R.E.B.E.L. EM.

It is an excellent review of a recent systematic review of corticosteroids for pharyngitis. The study includes children, and at both 24 and 48 hours patients had improved pain relief when compared with placebo.

Check out the actual article and decide for yourself whether or not a single dose of steroids in pharyngitis makes a difference that is important for your patients.

Sadeghirad B et al. Corticosteroids for treatment of sore throat: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials BMJ 2017; 358 :j3887. PMID: 28931508

By |2018-05-25T11:52:58+00:00May 25th, 2018|Infectious Diseases|

About the Author:

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Assistant Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog. All views are strictly my own and not official medical advice.