Don’t administer steroids to children with acute pharyngitis.

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The administration of steroids to children with acute pharyngitis may mask signs or symptoms of other possible associated diseases and could lead to a delay in diagnosis of medical conditions that, although rare, can be severe, such as lymphomas or other malignancies.


1. Sadowitz PD et al. Adverse effects of steroid therapy in children with pharyngitis with unsuspected malignancy. Pediatr Emerg Care 2012; 28: 807-9.
2. Korb K, Scherer M, Chenot JF. Steroids as adjuvant therapy for acute pharyngitis in ambulatory patients: a systematic review. Ann Fam Med 2010: 58-63.

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