It has been a ringing bell for some time: the slow alarm about the danger of overprescribing antibiotics for ENT ailments. Now there is new ammunition to support sinus doctors such as myself who favor a more conservative approach: a definitive set of guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
“Inappropriate use of antibiotics for [acute respiratory tract infections] ARTIs is an important factor contributing to the spread of antibiotic-resistant infections, which is a public health threat,” ACP President Dr. Wayne Riley said in the news release.
“Reducing overuse of antibiotics for ARTIs in adults is a clinical priority and a High Value Care way to improve quality of care, lower health care costs, and slow and/or prevent the continued rise in antibiotic resistance,” he added.
The new guidelines strongly discourage the preventive use of antibiotics altogether, recommending a “wait and see” approach followed by more aggressive measures if necessary.
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