Sinus Infection? Antibiotics No Help
Antibiotics, Steroid Spray No Help for Adult Sinus Infections
What's wrong with just giving patients antibiotics? Williamson and Lindbaek
both note that bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotic
drugs. And antibiotics that are not effective spur the growth of drug-resistant
Lindbaek says that more cautious prescribing policies among Norwegian
doctors is one reason Norway has one-tenth as many important drug-resistant
bacteria as does the U.S.
And Williamson says patients and doctors should think about the future.
"It is a green issue," he suggests. "Maybe we will get away with
overusing antibiotics, but will our kids get away with it? We should use
antibiotics wisely. It is a resource we don't want to use up."
Williamson and colleagues report their findings in the Dec. 5 issue of
The Journal of the American Medical Association. An editorial by
Lindbaek appears in the same issue.