Bad news for sinus sufferers as we head into Spring here in Hampton Roads: a new study says that antibiotics due little to alleviate the painful symptoms of a sinus infection.
After comparing the effectiveness of antibiotics and over-the-counter medications at treating sinus symptoms like facial pain, congestion, and a cough, researchers found only a marginally higher relief in symptoms among antibiotic users.
This data could have a huge impact on drug sales as sinus medications account for 1 in 5 antibiotic prescriptions through the U.S. This study also supports some claims that doctors are over-prescribing antibiotics thereby reducing their effectiveness in treatment.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that patients will stop using antibiotics altogether. Experts recommend that patients suffering from a sinus infection try over the counter decongestants for a week or so. After two weeks, if you’re symptoms haven’t improved with decongestants, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your primary care doctor or sinus specialist.
Sinus Center of Excellence
The Bon Secours Sinus Center of Excellence, a part of the Bon Secours Health System of Virginia, opened for patient care in the spring of 2011. Dr. E. Aubrey Murden and his associates are now providing medical care for patients with all forms of acute and chronic sinusitis. This includes treatment for all forms of sinus infection, nasal obstructions, sinus headaches, and difficulty with smell and taste.
For more information about the Bon Secours Sinus Center of Excellence please call (757) 889-CARE (2273).