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This will help to reduce the risk of an adrenal crisis if you were to catch the flu. Productive cough – this is a cough which moves phlegm (mucus) from the airways or shifts fluid / food which has gone down the wrong way. It’s our body’s way of protecting the airways so that you can breathe normally again.

However, it is not meant to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team. Doctor I saw at the weekend said don’t bother with stepping up my becotide until I come off the steroids. I have a spacer, thank you, though I have mostly been well enough to take my inhaler without it, apart from very early mornings.

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To be referred on to a Specialist Cough Clinic you will need to go through your ILD Consultant. This will be an option if treatment options for your cough have been explored and not been of benefit. If you are struggling with your cough despite intervention from your local respiratory team, you can discuss onward referral to a specialist cough clinic for further advice and management. Refractory cough – this is a cough which persists despite ongoing treatment.

In particular, we seldom ask for an X-ray because croup affects the windpipe, not the lungs. Antibiotics are not given because they are not effective against illnesses caused by viruses. Prednisolone should start to help your child’s wheezing soon after taking it, but usually takes 4–6 hours to have its full effect.

What is croup?

This does not mean that it is unsafe for children and young people to be prescribed such a medicine ‘off-licence/off-label’. However, if you are concerned about any conflicts of information, please discuss with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. A child taking steroids is at an increased risk of infection. If they have a fever, or become unwell, contact your doctor or nurse.

The review compared the effectiveness of corticosteroids to placebo for treating croup in children. It assessed whether they reduced croup symptoms, minimised return visits or shortened length of hospital stay, reduced the need for additional treatments, or had side effects. If you have high-dose steroids, or steroids and other cancer treatments at the same time, you may have an increased risk of infection. This can include a cough, a sore throat or a temperature above 37.5°C.

I usually take a couple of puffs of standard strength becotide twice a day and rarely use my ventolin – I don’t normally have any symptoms at all, unlike when I was younger. As soon as we got home after the decoration, I started to feel like I had a bad cold and cough. I was unable to sleep because of coughing and wheezing and was sitting up on the side of the bed most of the night just coughing and coughing and coughing (my stomach and all my rib muscles still really hurt).

This is because prednisolone can affect the way some vaccines work. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because prednisolone and other medicines can affect the way each other work.

How do steroids treat asthma?

My symptoms immediately stabilised and the doctor prescribed me 30 mg of oral prednisolone per day for 6 days and discharged me. The doctor said up to ten puffs at a time was OK, but I’m worried about taking so much. I’m really concerned about what will happen when I come off the steroids in a couple of days. Obviously we’ve cleaned everything as much as possible but I am still clearly reacting to the dust.

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This update has introduced new methodology to reduce possible study bias and thus strengthen the certainty of their findings. Few studies had a low overall risk of bias, and many biases were unclear from the reporting. However, using the GRADE system the certainty multigametables of evidence was thought to be moderate meaning that readers can be moderately confident in the effect estimate. Most steroids are only available on prescription, but a few (such as some creams or nasal sprays) can be bought from pharmacies and shops.