study is helpful to primary-care physicians as well as to patients because it very nicely demonstrates that if you're caught between a rock and a hard place and you have to go on a short-term course of oral steroids, the risks may not be so harmful," said Dr. Jean Kim, assistant professor of allergy and clinical immunology and otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. "But it's important to globally assess what the overall risks and benefits are to a patient."
"In many causes, these are patients who also have asthma, and so they're subject to repeated courses of oral steroids," Kim added. "People with asthma do need to take an oral steroid, because if they don't take it, they don't breathe."
For more on sinusitis, visit the American Rhinologic Society.
SOURCES: Sriram Vaidyanathan, M.B.B.S., Asthma & Allergy Research Group, Centre for Cardiovascular and Lung Biology, Division of Medical Sciences, Ninewells Hospital and University of Dundee, Scotland; Joaquim Mullol, M.D., Ph.D., Rhinology Unit and Smell Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain; Jean Kim, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, departments of allergy and clinical immunology and otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore; March 1, 2011, Annals of Internal Medicine
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