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Sunday 25, Apr 2010

  Steroids superior to antihistamines for treating allergies

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Steroids superior to antihistamines for treating allergiesResearchers from the University of Chicago have demonstrated that corticosteroid-based nasal sprays are superior to antihistamines when used “as needed” for treating seasonal allergies.

The finding, which was published in the November 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that the present guidelines and prescription patterns flavoring the usage of antihistamines as the first-line treatment to treat mild or moderate allergies need to be changed.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, said more people will be benefited and health costs will be reduced by changing the present guidelines to match patient practice.

Tuesday 06, Apr 2010

  Corticosteroid Nasal spray useful for treating hay fever

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Corticosteroid Nasal spray useful for treating hay feverA corticosteroid nasal spray, fluticasone propionate (Flonase), was found to be an effective option for controlling seasonal allergies when compared to a combination of popular anti-allergy drugs loratidine (Claritin) and montelukast (Singulair), as per researchers from the University of Chicago.

The study was presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, said that inflammation measures were significantly better for patients with hay fever taking fluticasone propionate. It was also said that fluticasone may be a better first choice for treating seasonal allergic rhinitis because of its benefits and low cost.

Monday 29, Jun 2009

  Nasal Spray more effective than Antihistamine

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Nasal Spray more effective than AntihistamineA steroid nasal spray is far effective than antihistamine pills when it comes to quashing symptoms of allergy as per a recent study.

During the study, it was revealed that Flonase, nasal spray fluticasone, helps in relieving allergy symptoms far better than Claritin, antihistamine loratadine. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid preparation that fights against symptoms of allergy by minimizing the level of inflammation that happens in the nose when an individual is exposed against allergy triggers such as dust mites.

Dr. Robert M. Naclerio and his colleagues at the University of Chicago in Illinois remarked that patients with seasonal allergies are always advised to take steroid nasal sprays or antihistamines on a daily basis but they tend to overrule the advice.

Tuesday 23, Jun 2009

  Steroid Nasal Spray Effective against Hay Fever

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Steroid Nasal Spray Effective against Hay FeverResearchers from the University of Chicago have found that fluticasone propionate (Flonase), a corticosteroid nasal spray, is more effective than a combination of popular anti-allergy drugs loratidine (Claritin) and montelukast (Singulair) when it comes to controlling seasonal allergies.

The findings of this study were presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, remarked that the measures of inflammation were considerably better for Hay fever patients who were taking fluticasone propionate.

During the study, it was found that the use of nasal spray results in fewer eosinophils in patients’ nasal passages and patients using steroid nasal sprays displayed minimal side-effects and had lower levels of eosinophil cationic protein, an inflammation sign.

Naclerio remarked that fluticasone may be a better first choice for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis because of its benefits and low cost.