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.