For a while, it was standard procedure to treat sinus infections with antibiotics. Longtime readers know that I am on record against this kind of preventive prescription, especially given the current crisis of antibiotic resistance looming before us.
This article helps explain why prophylactic medication is rarely a wise or necessary step, pointing out that:
Most cases of sinusitis are associated with viral infections, which are bulletproof to antibiotics. According to a research review by the Cochrane Collaboration, 80% of people with sinusitis improve within two weeks without taking antibiotics.
The simple fact that is that care, rest, decongestants and rinses are probably all you need to get better and live comfortably while you’re waiting. Your body’s natural defenses may take a few days, but the chances are overwhelmingly good that they will kick in and solve the problem without any outside help.
When should you contact a sinus doctor in Los Angeles? If the problem persists for well over a week, or you experience sharp pain in the face or teeth, or your pain is getting worse, not better, then your body likely isn’t getting the job done on its own.
Call the respected sinus surgeons at the Los Angeles Sinus Institute to see an expert ENT today.