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Allergy Nasal Spray Might Affect Children's Growth

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  • Allergic rhinitis is a common disease that affects up to 10% of children and 20% of adolescents and adults.
  • Two studies evaluated Nasonex and Vancenase, two intranasal steroid sprays used to treat allergies, and found both were effective, but Vancenase was found to slightly suppress childhood growth.
  • Researchers caution that the growth suppression is very small, does not affect all children, and is not cause to take children off the drug if they are doing well on it.

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