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Table 1 List of specific fears for adverse events of nasal corticosteroid sprays mentioned by rhinitis patients

From: Explorative study on patient’s perceived knowledge level, expectations, preferences and fear of side effects for treatment for allergic rhinitis

Fear for adverse events of nasal corticosteroid spray  (N = 24)
Habituation 7/24 (29%)
Damage to mucous membranes 6/24 (25%)
Influence on other organs like heart, eyes, skin 6/24 (25%)
Addiction 4/24 (17%)
Weakened resistance to infection 3/24 (12%)
Weight gain 1/24 (4%)
Cancer development 1/24 (4%)