Are antibiotics effective for the treatment of uncomplicated sinusitis (sinus infection)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Ahovuo-Saloranta et al, in a 2008 Cochrane Review meta-analysis of 57 studies, concluded that antibiotics yield a small treatment effect in a primary care setting in patients with uncomplicated sinusitis whose symptoms have lasted more than 7 days. [40] However, another meta-analysis found no treatment effect of antibiotics, even in patients whose symptoms had persisted for more than 10 days. [41]


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