When Should I Take Antibiotics?

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You may be prescribed antibiotics when there is a confirmed diagnosis of a bacterial infection manifesting as acute, recurrent, or chronic sinusitis or rhinitis. Typically, patients who complain of yellow, green, or brown nasal discharge or postnasal drip have a bacterial infection.

First and foremost: Take all of the antibiotics as directed. Do not skip any doses as this can lead to resistant bacteria, as well as recurring symptoms. Even though you will probably begin to feel better within the first few days of taking an antibiotic, the treatment of a bacterial infection causing chronic sinusitis or rhinosinusitis requires a minimum of 3-8 weeks of antibiotics. You are not doing yourself any favors by saving half the prescription for the next bacterial infection.

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