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Intranasal steroid therapy to treat allergic rhinitis does not appear to affect children’s growth rates in the relatively short term. The study needs to be continued over the long term to confirm these results. The steroid triamcinolone acetonide is used to clear a blocked nose caused by allergy. Previous studies have confirmed that steroid inhaler use by asthmatics does not affect growth rates. The steroid also seems to have no affect on bone mineral density.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters Health
About: Intranasal steroid therapy doesn’t stunt children’s growth
Date: 17 November 2004
Source: Reuters Health
Author: Anthony J. Brown MD
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