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Most Sore Throats Don't Need Steroids

If you have a sore throat, don't rush to ask your doctor for steroids such as prednisone.

Corticosteroids have been used treat sore throats based on their inflammation-fighting abilities, but there has not been much evidence showing that they actually help. Steroids are powerful drugs with both short-term and long-term side effects, and shouldn't be used without clear evidence that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Reuters reports:

“... steroid use can have serious side effects, such as weaker bones ... many people may get several sore throats a year -- meaning they could wind up getting a lot of steroids. Short-term effects of steroids include swelling, stomach irritation, and restlessness.”

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