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Antibiotics Ineffective For Most Sinus Infections

Posted Feb 15 2012 5:59pm

Antibiotics that doctors typically prescribe for sinus infections do not reduce symptoms any better than an inactive placebo, according to investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

“Patients don’t get better faster or have fewer symptoms when they get antibiotics,” says Jay F. Piccirillo, MD, professor of otolaryngology and 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.”

The study appears Feb. 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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