Each year in the United States, over 200 million prescriptions are written for antibiotics. Antibiotics can be disease fighting tools for bacterial infections, however for viruses such as cold and flu they may be worse than useless. According to the CDC, antibiotics don’t work for sinus infections, most coughs and bronchitis, sore throats not caused by strep, or for runny noses. Unfortunately, the public does not totally understand the proper use of antibiotics. These misunderstandings are more important than ever with the rise of drug resistant bacteria.
Recently the respected British medical journal The Lancet published the research of Dr. Jim Young of the Basel Institute for Clinical Epidemiology which summarized numerous clinical trials on sinus infections and antibiotics. Amazingly, Dr. Young and his Swiss colleagues discovered that 15 patients with sinusitis-like complaints would have to be given antibiotics before an additional patient was cured. In an interview with Web-MD, Dr. Young put it this way: “We found that overall, you would need to treat 15 patients … for one patient to benefit.” If Dr. Young is correct, 15 out of 16, or 94% of patients do not get well with standard treatment. The study was so news worthy that both CNN and the BBC aired segments breaking the story worldwide. In their report, the BBC quotes study co-author Dr. Ian Williamson who said, “Antibiotics really don’t look as if they work.”
Not only do antibiotics not work for colds, coughs, and sinus infections, they also put kids at risk for side effects. Common side effects of antibiotics include rash, diarrhea and stomach upset, and fungal infections. Each year, more than 140,000 people are rushed to the emergency room from adverse reactions to antibiotics. Sadly about half of these prescriptions are unnecessary. Still, when asked by a concerned parent, doctors will prescribe antibiotics for viral infections almost 2/3rds of the time according to a 1999 study published in the journal Pediatrics. Conditions where antibiotics are prescribed unnecessarily for kids include sinus infections, coughs, and some ear infections. In fact according to a recent study, using antibiotics for ear infections can increase the likelihood of getting another ear infection!
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