Don't Be Surprised to See Inhaled Steroid Orders With Instructions to "Swallow"

You may see orders with directions for patients to SWALLOW inhaled corticosteroids (Flovent HFA, etc).

This isn't necessarily a typo. Patients may swallow inhaled steroids for a chronic allergic condition called eosinophilic esophagitis.

These meds have a "local" effect on the esophagus...reducing inflammation while minimizing "whole-body" effects.

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