3 Revealing Reasons Why Antibiotics Don't Always Work for Sinusitis and What to Do


3 Revealing Reasons Why Antibiotics Don't Always Work for Sinusitis and What to Do


Much like many people who suffer from sinus issues, the question is whether to treat them with antibiotics. Dealing with the discomfort of a stuffy nose, various colored mucus and pain or pressure around the facial area usually is the culprit in driving sufferers to use antibiotics to treat the symptoms.

Abusing antibiotics has become a serious concern, which leads to them being ineffective when you really do need them. If possible, note any symptoms associated with your sinus issues and provide self-treatment with over-the-counter medications, which could help alleviate the need for antibiotics while providing relief.

Every year millions of people resort to treating sinus problems with antibiotics. In most cases, they are not always needed.

Here are 3 reasons why and what you can do.

  1. Antibiotics doesn’t always help sinus issues.
    Simply put, antibiotics kill bacteria and do not kill the virus or help allergies. Usually, a virus or allergy is the cause of most sinus issues. It’s common for sinus symptoms to naturally get better within a few days — up to a week without antibiotics.

  2. Antibiotics can be costly.
    Although some antibiotics do not cost very much, reoccurring symptoms and prescriptions can add up after a while, so why waste your money? An estimated $31 million is spent on health care related costs by patients.

  3. Some antibiotics carry side effects.
    Common side effects that occur in some patients who take antibiotics can include dizziness, stomach problems and rashes. Before taking any prescribed medication, let your doctor know if you have any history of allergic reactions to antibiotics.

What Should You Do

A telltale sign that you should use antibiotics due to a bacterial infection is if the symptoms last longer than a week, they become severe, or you have pain and tenderness in the facial area or a high fever over 102°F. If symptoms persist beyond what antibiotics can do, it is recommended to seek an ENT doctor for a long-term solution.

As a good rule of thumb, when dealing with sinus issues, you should make sure you get rest, drink plenty of fluids, use saline nasal sprays, keep your head elevated when lying down and breathe moist, warm air.

If you are looking for an ENT professional and are ready to find permanent relief for your sinus condition, come visit us at NEENT Center. As industry leaders, our expert physicians will be glad to take the time and sit down with you to discuss your symptoms and options available. You may even be a candidate for Balloon Sinuplasty.

To get a better understanding about Balloon Sinuplasty and how we can help offer you long-term relief, download our FREE e-book on How to Finally Get Rid of Sinus Infections. For more information, visit www.neent.org or give us a call at 704-788-1103.





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