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How safe are corticosteroids in treating eosinophilic asthma?

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Inhaled corticosteroids are generally safe and are meant to be used daily. They can be used with another inhaler called a long-acting beta agonist (LABA). The amount you absorb into your bloodstream is small. But doctors suggest you rinse your mouth out after you use them, because having steroids in your mouth can lead to thrush, a fungal condition in your mouth.

But the inhaled versions may not work well in eosinophilic asthma, so you may need to take corticosteroid pills. They have more side effects than the inhaled types.

SOURCES:

Asthma.net: "Asthma Subgroups: Diagnosing, Treating Persistent Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Mayo Clinic: "Eosinophilia."

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Mayo Clinic: "Corticosteroid (Inhalation Route)."

Albert A. Rizzo, MD, senior medical advisor to the American Lung Association; section chief of pulmonary medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE.

Mayo Clinic: "Oral Thrush."

Mayo Clinic: "Anaphylaxis."

Mayo Clinic: "Asthma."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Asthma.net: "Asthma Subgroups: Diagnosing, Treating Persistent Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Mayo Clinic: "Eosinophilia."

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Mayo Clinic: "Corticosteroid (Inhalation Route)."

Albert A. Rizzo, MD, senior medical advisor to the American Lung Association; section chief of pulmonary medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Newark, DE.

Mayo Clinic: "Oral Thrush."

Mayo Clinic: "Anaphylaxis."

Mayo Clinic: "Asthma."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 17, 2018

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