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Home Wellness Research Ear Infections (Otitis Media) Oral Decongestants are Ineffective in Treatment, or Prevention, of Otitis Media in Children

Oral Decongestants are Ineffective in Treatment, or Prevention, of Otitis Media in Children

Thursday, 30 October 2008 15:37

There were no significant differences between the two groups, except that males developed SOM significantly more often than did females. Use of decongestant and placebo was continued in 78 patients with SOM for up to four more weeks. Again, there were no siginificant differences between the treatment groups except that patients with an allergic history did significantly worse using a decongestant. Overall there was no benefit from pseudoephedrine in either the prevention or treatment of SOM.

Olson AL, Klein SW, Charney E, et al.   Prevention and therapy of serous otitis media by oral decongestant: a double-blind study in pediatric practice   Pediatrics 1978 (May);   61 (5):   679-684