An Antibiotics Primer
We are on the cusp of antibiotic breakdown, in which many of the medications we have relied upon for generations will cease to protect us against infections large and small. A number of physicians, including those in my field of otolaryngology, have been working on guidelines to protect the potency of these life-saving drugs, and help doctors reduce unnecessary prescriptions.
This recent piece offers a lucid take on some of the major issues of antibiotic overprescription. It focuses on a number of common ENT ailments such as ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, and singles out sinus infections for some especially good advice:
Most sinus infections are caused by viruses, Joseph said, and do not require antibiotics. Once again, there are exceptions. . . .Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if the symptoms are severe and include high fever along with nasal drainage and a productive cough. Antibiotics may also be necessary if you feel better after a few days and then your symptoms return, or if the infection lasts more than a week.
If you suffer from chronic sinus symptoms and want to know if you’re a candidate for antibiotics, please don’t hesitate to contact my LA sinus practice today.