NYOG’s Dr. Krevitt comments on an article in The Wall Street Journal on alternatives to using antibiotics in treating sinusitis.
NYOG Doctor Lane Krevitt agrees that “Observation is an excellent first line option in a non-immunocomprised patient. Depending on the clinical course there may very well be a role for antibiotics. Your ENT doctor plays an important role with the ability to take a culture for more clarity of the diagnosis.
Supportive care such as decongestants, hypertonic saline irrigations, antihistamines are also very useful in setting of viral or bacterial infections.
Overprescribing antibiotics in the setting of viral infections is a setup for resistance.”