Antibiotic fails sinus infection test

Antibiotic fails sinus infection test

Medicine doesn’t clear up blocked sinuses any better than placebo, study finds

By Nathan Seppa, 17:14 PM February 14, 2012

Anyone who has felt the pressure of a weeklong sinus infection won’t be happy to hear it, but a study finds that a commonly prescribed medicine doesn’t clear up such attacks any better than the body does on its own.

The findings, in the Feb. 15 Journal of the American Medical Association, don’t apply to people who have chronic sinus infections lasting 28 days or more. But people with trademark signs of an acute sinus infection — yucky drainage, facial pressure, sore teeth, congestion and h...

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