Research looks at steroid exposure in children with multiple allergies

03/27/2012 | Family Practice News

Children whose medical records included at least two of the three ICD-9 codes for allergic rhinitis, asthma and/or atopic dermatitis may be exposed to significant quantities of exogenous corticosteroids, a study found. Researchers noted that 55% of children were treated with corticosteroids for both asthma and allergic rhinitis, 59% for both asthma and atopic dermatitis, and 6% for both allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis. A researcher said the study team did not see coordination of prescriptions. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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