Short steroid therapy effective after asthma attackThe chances of an asthma attack relapsing are reduced significantly when patients afflicted with asthma are given a short course of corticosteroids after they are discharged from the hospital, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review.

It was remarked by Carol Spooner, a colleague, that this review strongly supports the administration of systematic corticosteroids for treating outpatients after getting them discharged from the hospital post an asthma attack.

It was concluded by the review that use of steroids could possibly minimize the need of inhalers and may even prove effective for prolonging lives by as much as three weeks.