15 Feb '12, 5am

Suffering from sinus? Antibiotics don't help, study shows

NEW YORK - Antibiotics do not help fight most sinus infections, although doctors routinely prescribe them for that purpose, according to an American study. Researchers whose work was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that antibiotics did not ease patients' symptoms or get them back to work any sooner than an inactive placebo pill. Antibiotics are known to fuel the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria and experts have grown increasingly worried about overuse. This is a particular concern with sinus infections, because doctors cannot tell if the disease is caused by bacteria or by a virus, in which case antibiotics are useless. "There is not much to be gained from antibiotics," said Dr Jane Garbutt of Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, who led the study. "Rather than give everybody an antibiotic hoping to find the patients ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120215-0000120/Suffer...

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