Most sore throat patients do not need steroidsAccording to a new review of studies, most individuals afflicted with sore throat don’t need to ask their doctors for steroids such as prednisone.

Study co-author Dr. Brian H. Rowe of the University of Alberta in Edmonton told Reuters Health that there has been “a bit of a push” for using corticosteroids to treat sore throats based on the inflammation-quelling powers of the drugs.

Rowe said that steroids work fast for known strep throat but their benefits aren’t enough to justify widespread use to treat sore throat.