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An_248645 posted:
In August my 15 year old son had his tubes removed after 7 years of having them. When we went to the follow up visit, he told the doctor that after running he feels a discomfort in his right ear. His doctor explained it was due to some tissue still in his ear from the old tubes and that the layers of his right ear are still thin. The pressure from running is the cause for his discomfort, but that after he fully heals he should be normal. He prescribed a steroid nasal spray to be used the morning of the day he exercises (twice a week) and that is what I am concerned about. I've always heard steroids are bad and I just want to make sure the side effects would not be serious. I read that long term use could stop growth in teenagers, but what is considered long term?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
This type of intranasal steroid....for the short-term use that you son will not likely to interfere with his growth at all. Even higher dose, intranasal steroids taken for a year or more, have only changed growth velocity by 1 cm, and a year after the medicine was stopped, that 1 cm (and more) was recovered. So, the bottom line...this will be safe for your still-growing teenager to use. Hopefully, it may help the Eustachian tubes to function better.

These are not the bad steroids used by sports figures and body builders (anabolic sterorids). Think of it as just hydrocortisone cream for the ear.

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