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