A new study in adults shows that faster relief of a sore throat can be achieved by using a one time dose of steroids. While the study is intriguing on further examination it also doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
The reason steroids would have any effect on a sore throat at all is because they have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Something that seems to be overlooked by the study which involved over 700 people is this: steroids suppress the immune system. That's right, they'll knock that inflammation in the back of your throat out, but they'll also knock out your immunity. Sounds like a great way to get over a cold doesn't it?
The study published on BMJ.com found that steroids reduced the amount of time to pain relief by about six hours. Forty-eight hours later they had no effect on sore throat pain. Hmmm... are you willing to trade six hours of a sore throat while possibly tacking a few extra days onto the amount of time it takes you to get over your cold?
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