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November 1982

Topical Steroid Treatment for Asthma and Rhinitis

Arch Otolaryngol. 1982;108(11):754-755. doi:10.1001/archotol.1982.00790590076025

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The editors of Topical Steroid Treatment for Asthma and Rhinitis have engaged in a sincere effort to obtain a cross section of the experiences of pulmonary specialists, otolaryngologists, pediatricians, and general allergists in the use of topical steroids in the treatment of asthma and rhinitis of antigenic hypersensitivity origin. All authors agree on the preference of locally applied steroids over oral modes of therapy, particularly in view of their probable freedom from notable systemic absorption.

The opening chapter affords an excellent review of the mode of action of corticosteroids. Elsewhere appears a lucid discussion of the clinical pharmacology of beclomethasone dispropionate, including, following a report of numerous prior investigations, a request for further long-term studies for evaluation of possible cumulative effects of continued therapy.

Considered local and systemic perverse effects receive equal detailing throughout the text to those viewed as beneficial effects. The editors mention in the preface the inevitable

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