Sinusitis Treatment Guidelines

Sinusitis Treatment Guidelines

The July 2000 issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery features the Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership’s scientific, evidence-based guidelines for choosing the appropriate antibiotic for treating sinus infections. Amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin) is a good choice for most children, if the infection should be treated.

But the December 1999 issue of Pediatrics reports that even though 97% of physicians surveyed now believe in avoiding overuse of antibiotics, 69% of physicians considered a green runny nose to be sinusitis; 86% prescribed antibiotics for bronchitis regardless of the duration of cough; and 42% knowingly prescribed antibiotics for the common cold!

Click here for important information on when antibiotics should be used for respiratory infections. And click here to hear about a surprising cause of sinus infections.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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