Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Antibiotics for sinusitis?

Although sinusitis is typically treated with antibiotics, a new study by a British research team foundthat these drugs are not as effective as we'd like to believe.  The
effect of prescribing these drugs is not just neutral, but may lead toantibiotic resistance.
The team recommends morepalliative treatment such as ibuprofen.  Speculated reasons for
the findings include that antibiotics are not able to reach the sinuses easilyand that the
infections may be more due to viruses than we acknowledge.  Although this isn't about
viruses necessarily, I thought it was pertinent given cold season!

Dave (I give up...this isn't formatting correctly.  sorry it got cut off)

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