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When do you need antibiotics for sinusitis?

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If a secondary bacterial infection has developed in your sinuses, you'll need antibiotics. Your health care provider will probably prescribe them for about 10 to 14 days. Just remember that antibiotics will only work in cases of bacterial infection. They will not help with viruses. Also, you need to follow your health care provider's instructions and take all your antibiotic medicine, even if you start feeling better after a few days.

From: Sinus Infections and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Sinusitis" and "Sinusitis." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Impact of Chronic Sinusitis on Patients with Asthma." Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Rhinitis and Sinusitis" and "Sinus Problems." Dixon A.E. et al, August 2006.  Slavin R.G. , 2005.




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Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: Sinusitis" and "Sinusitis." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Impact of Chronic Sinusitis on Patients with Asthma." Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Rhinitis and Sinusitis" and "Sinus Problems." Dixon A.E. et al, August 2006.  Slavin R.G. , 2005.




Chest,ACP Medicine

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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