Oral Antibiotics are often prescribed by primary care and non-specialist ENT doctors to treat chronic sinusitis. For some patients it is a good option to help control your symptoms and improve inflammation but for others the over-use of oral antibiotics can cause problems.
If you are like me you have struggled with chronic sinusitis your whole life. Maybe you are looking for solutions that don’t involve a daily dose of oral antibiotics for the rest of your life. There is chronic sinusitis treatment available that can be performed instead, and this journey is what eventually drew me to specialize in treating patients with sinus and allergy symptoms. I only see the worst patients now in my office and if you are wondering what you can do so you don’t have to keep taking repeated rounds of oral antibiotics you have reached the right place!
If you have lived in Indiana long enough most of us have driven by a pig farm. As you scrambled, unable to role up the windows quick enough, few of us have ever wondered about how those little piglets grow up to be such fat pigs. Pig farmers… who get paid by the pound… for years have understood one unique relationship and exploited it to their advantage.
If you give healthy piglets antibiotics, they put on weight and grow into fat adults! Now there is decades old research published out of New York that may show a similar result in humans.
November 4th, 2011 “PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A New York University physician, studying the effects of antibiotics on our digestive tract, concluded that the medicine may change the bacterial environment to the extent that it may contribute to obesity.”
Anecdotally we see this in many patients from Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers and Fort Wayne that come into Indiana Sinus Centers. Many complain of weight gain over the last several years. Many also have sleep related issues related to chronic nasal congestion that may contribute to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The research on the overuse of antibiotics has always warned us about antibiotic resistance, however this new research leads to a whole new rationale for sinus treatment. Our goal should be the aggressive treatment of sinus inflammation in patients with chronic sinusitis to help prevent the use and abuse of antibiotics in the individual. We accomplish this at the Indiana Sinus Centers through the diligent use of medical anti-inflammatories, allergy identification, environmental analysis and minimally invasive sinus procedures if needed.
Contact us for treatment… before that next antibiotic!
What to do if all these things don’t help?
When medications fail that’s when you want to consider searching for a sinus specialist near me on google. We are out there and we are here to help.
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I sincerely hope you found this article helpful. Have a great day!