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Antibiotics Not Useful for Sinusitis

June 25, 2013
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Sinusitis (or rhinosinusitis as it is sometimes called in medical terms) is defined as inflammation of the nasal sinuses. This is usually caused by a viral infection but can be caused by allergies as well. A case of sinusitis will usually resolve itself in about 10 days if left untreated.

A recent study sought to discover if the use of antibiotics would reduce the symptoms or increase the recovery from sinusitis. After careful study, researchers noted that “Our findings support recommendations to avoid routine antibiotic treatment for patients with uncomplicated acute rhinosinusitis.”

Much has been published about the over prescription and overuse of antibiotics. This is leading to a world of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

In light of the overuse of antibiotics, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following:

“Get smart about when antibiotics are appropriate—to fight bacterial infections. Taking them for viral infections, such as a cold, most sore throats, acute bronchitis and many sinus or ear infections:

  • Will not cure the infection
  • Will not keep other people from getting sick
  • Will not help you or your child feel better
  • May cause unnecessary and harmful side effects”

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