Systemic corticosteroids in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19)‐related smell dysfunction: an international view

Huart, Caroline, Philpott, Carl M. ORCID:, Altundag, Aytug, Fjaelstad, Alexander W., Frasnelli, Johannes, Gane, Simon, Hsieh, Julien W., Holbrook, Eric H., Konstantinidis, Iordanis, Landis, Basile N., Macchi, Alberto, Müller, Christian A., Negoias, Simona, Pinto, Jayant M., Poletti, Sophia C., Ramakrishnan, Vijay R., Rombaux, Philippe, Vodicka, Jan, Welge-Luessen, Antje, Whitcroft, Katherine L. and Hummel, Thomas (2021) Systemic corticosteroids in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19)‐related smell dysfunction: an international view. International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, 11 (7). pp. 1041-1046. ISSN 2042-6976

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The frequent association between coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) and olfactory dysfunction is creating an unprecedented demand for a treatment of the olfactory loss. Systemic corticosteroids have been considered as a therapeutic option. However, based on current literature, we call for caution using these treatments in early COVID‐19–related olfactory dysfunction because: (1) evidence supporting their usefulness is weak; (2) the rate of spontaneous recovery of COVID‐19–related olfactory dysfunction is high; and (3) corticosteroids have well‐known potential adverse effects. We encourage randomized placebo‐controlled trials investigating the efficacy of systemic steroids in this indication and strongly emphasize to initially consider smell training, which is supported by a robust evidence base and has no known side effects.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Respiratory and Airways Group
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2021 02:59
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 07:48
DOI: 10.1002/alr.22788

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