Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Primary Care


Dr. Nancy Reid, DHSc, PA-C



Purpose: Review the treatment of cough with steroids in patients with respiratory tract infections (RTIs) without underlying lung disease.

Method: PubMed search was conducted with terms “steroid,” “prednisone,” and “cough.” Fifteen pertinent articles serve as the basis for this review.

Results: Lack of evidence to support steroids in the treatment of cough in patients with RTIs without underlying lung disease.

Conclusion: RTIs can result in a post-infectious cough (PIC) for which systemic steroids are prescribed, but evidence does not support their use. Some studies identified benefits to inhaled corticosteroids, but further research is needed.

Keywords: steroid, cough, respiratory tract infection


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