Sinus Infections and Antibiotics

Here you are going to find out if REALLY should be taking an antibiotic for that nasty sinus infection.

In December 2011 instructions were given by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) proposes new advice about how to diagnose and heal sinus infections and avert over prescribing antibiotics.

When doctors prescribe antibiotics for each sinus infection your body might become resistant to antibotics. If that happened, what if you get a serious disease that is only curable by antibiotics and they won’t work on you because o your resistance.

The directions advise doctors on the new antibiotic to use, and if an antibody is really necessary, and which antibiotics to steer clear of because different types of bacteria are the road to being resistant to these drugs.

Did you just get diagnosed with having a sinus infections, provided you got a precription you got it filled, and never thought about what the science is?

Sinuses are an array of four pairs of spaces that are air filled. They are linked to the nose where they drain.

Sinus infections which also referred  to especially by doctors, sinusitus frequently impacts the nose. The typical person who gets sinus infections between 45 – 74  years old, in the U.S. there are 1 in 7 adults who go through each year.

You ask what questions you should  look for?  The symptoms  be a stuffy nose, facial pressure or pain, runny nose that expels a weird, unusual color of mucus, nasal congestion, cough, tiredness and fever.

Cold viruses cause 90 t 96% of sinus infections, so since the cold is a virus they do not need antibiotics because only bacterial infections get antibiotics.

If a sinus infection is caused by a virus it will go away in 3 to 6 days and a majority of symptoms should be eradicated  in 10 days.  If you catch a fever with this infection it will spike , but don’t worry,  your temperature will quickly go down in 24-48 hours.

Opposed to viral infectios if you get a bacteria infection of the sinuses, expect it to last longer, but if you get antibiotics you can keep your illness short and get relief from symptoms early.

It’s hard for doctors to differentiate between  whether you have a viral or bacterial is hard to diagnose because the symptoms are so closed to each other.

According to Dr Thomas M. Mile who helped write the guidelines for sinus infection infections and chair of the infectious disease section at the Northeast Ohio Medical University acknowledged that there are some misdiagnoses between viral and bacteria sinus infections. But a plethora of people arrive at their doctor demanding  an antibiotic because they’ve been doing self diagnosing on the internet which is supposed to be  good orthey saw it advertised on radio OR tv And some doctors  give it because the patient requested it.

Remember only take antibiotics when you REALLY need them as you can get yourself in trouble.

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  1. If I do get a virus it is only for the general duration: about 3 days so I try to use some relief from symptoms and not rely on antibiotics. They can cause immunity to them. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. My Wife suffers from chronic-sinusitis taking antibiotics all the time.
    The last doctor she saw said there’s nothing more they can do.
    Basically they don’t have a clue how to cure this condition.

  3. Good share! Thank you for this.

  4. Too many doctors throw antibiotics at any infection. For sinus infections, I have found that saline solution sprays do as much as anything.

  5. Taking too many antibiotics is a danger to any diagnosed medical condition as they will not “work” if over-used year in and year out!

  6. Great informative piece thanks

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