The 4 most common illnesses that cannot be treated with antibiotics

Summer is ending and the cold season will come step by step. With it, infectious diseases of the upper respiratory tract but also ear infections will start to rise again. Some patients have the bad idea to pressure the doctor to almost always come away with antibiotics. It is important to let the healthcare professional make his choice freely without influencing him, because in some cases antibiotics are simply useless and, as we know, too frequent use increases the risk of resistance. This is particularly the case with infections of viral origin, antibiotics do not act against them but only against bacteria.

4 common diseases against which antibiotics are useless

The more antibiotics are used in human and veterinary medicine, the more the number of bacteria capable of developing resistance to these drugs increases quantitatively and statistically. Indeed, bacteria can find countermeasures and become insensitive to the action of antibiotics.

  • Sinusitis
  • Sinusitis is most of the time of viral origin, in this case antibiotics are useless. And even for acute sinusitis of bacterial origin, antibiotics prove to be of little use, in particular because this form of sinusitis generally disappears by itself within 1 week. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed the ineffectiveness of antibiotics in acute bacterial sinusitis in relieving or decreasing sinus symptoms. Following this study, many doctors now recommend during mild or moderate acute bacterial sinusitis not to use antibiotics and to prescribe the same treatments as in case of acute viral sinusitis (decongestants, physiological water). However, in case of acute bacterial sinusitis that is serious or lasts a long time, for example more than 10 days, your doctor will decide on the best treatment (antibiotic or not).

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  • Bronchitis and cough
  • Most cases of bronchitis and cough are of viral origin, in these situations too antibiotics are useless. However, it is possible and sometimes recommended to use antibiotics if the cough does not go away after 14 days. The doctor will carry out the usual examinations.

  • Otitis
  • In children, on average 80% of ear infections can be cured naturally in a few days (approx. 3 days) without the need to use antibiotics.

    In France, doctors recommend not treating acute otitis media for the first 72 hours. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics in case of complications and especially in children from 6 months to 2 years old, an age group most at risk of suffering complications.

  • Sore throat and angina
  • According to a study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, American doctors wrongly prescribe too many antibiotics in case of sore throat. This study, which examined medical data from 1996 to 2010, shows that the doctor prescribes an antibiotic to a patient suffering from a sore throat in 60% of cases. During a sore throat, antibiotics are only effective against angina of bacterial origin such as streptococcal angina. According to researchers, only 10% of people with a sore throat have bacterial sore throat. So there is clearly an over-prescription of antibiotics.

    For these 4 cases, natural solutions exist to reduce the unpleasant symptoms and soothe the inflammation.


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