15 Feb '12, 12am

Antibiotics provide little help to people with sinus infections, says a study released on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Antibiotics provide little help to people with sinus infections, according to a study released on Tuesday which suggested doctors are prescribing the drugs too often. The study appearing in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association found that using the common antibiotic amoxicillin for patients with acute uncomplicated rhinosinusitis 'did not result in a significant difference in symptoms compared to patients who received placebo.' 'Patients don't get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,' said Jay Piccirillo of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, the study's senior author. 'Our results show that antibiotics aren't necessary for a basic sinus infection - most people get better on their own.' Antibiotics are commonly used to treat the condition, which involves inflammation of the nasal cavity and sinuses, ...

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