A New Voice for Antibiotic Sanity
Much has been said and written about the topic of antibiotic resistance, especially the role played by ENTs in the overprescription of these powerful drugs. The primary concern is isn’t simply waste or expense; it’s that too many antibiotics in the populace has spurred the rise of superbugs which are evolving to resist our best frontline interventions.
This latest piece discusses a new effort by physicians to curb the practice before its effects can no longer be reversed:
A letter published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows doctors prescribe antibiotics for acute bronchitis approximately 70% of the time, despite decades of evidence demonstrating that these drugs don’t work against respiratory illness.
My Los Angeles sinus practice takes pains to save antibiotics for the cases that seem most clearly likely to respond, and for patients whose health histories most strongly recommend their use. Sinus infections can be caused by any number of factors, and determining whether the origin is viral, fungal or bacterial is an essential step before anyone writes a script.
If you have chronic sinus symptoms and want to ensure you are receiving responsible medical care, please contact my LA sinus offices here today.