Children With Allergies and Steroid Use on November 26, 2012

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Children With Allergies and Steroid Use

Drug experts have warned parents and healthcare professionals to double-check if children with allergic conditions such as asthma and hayfever are being over-prescribed corticosteroids. The warning follows research unveiled at the British Pharmaceutical Conference (BPC) in Manchester revealing that many children with multiple allergic conditions such as asthma, eczema and hayfever may be exposed to high, cumulative doses of corticosteroids through co-prescribing of steroid preparations for different conditions.

Asthma and hayfever are common conditions in children for which long-term inhaled or nasal corticosteroids may be prescribed. Some children with severe conditions may receive both, resulting in high doses of steroids and increased risk of adverse effects.
 
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