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Sharon Basaraba

Most Sinus Infections are Viral, Say Experts

By March 21, 2012

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New guidelines published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) caution doctors against prescribing antibiotics for sinus infections, saying the vast majority are viral in origin.

Almost one in seven people are diagnosed with a sinus infection every year.   Older people may be more vulnerable because of the changing physiology of their noses, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.   The new guidelines, published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, estimate that between 90 and 98 per cent of all sinus infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria, and therefore are not helped with antibiotic prescriptions.

Read more: What if I have a sinus infection?


Anthony W. Chow et al.  "IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis in Children and Adults."Clin Infect Dis. (2012) doi: 10.1093/cid/cir1043.

March 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm
(1) Murray Grossan, M.D. says:

Re new guidelines for sinusitis, it is important to get good sleep. Use an OTC inhaller to open the nose for sleep. The more sleep the better the natural resistance to the infection.
Improve cilia function. Cilia are the tiny hairs that work to move infection out of the nose and sinuses. Vibration helps, such as humming “ooommm” at a low pitch. Tea lemon and honey works. Should be green or black, with or without caffeine. Tea contains products that speed cilia movment. How much tea? Till your urine turns llight.
Yes, chicken soup too!

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