Body Tip Sinus infection? Don’t seek out antibiotics. More than 90 percent of cases are caused by viruses, so antibiotics won’t help.

Your nose is clogged, your sinuses ache, and your tissue is filled with dark-colored mucus. Looks like it’s time for a dose of antibiotics, right? Maybe not. According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America, almost all sinus infections are caused by viruses — not bacteria — which means antibiotics will have no effect whatsoever. What’s worse, taking antibiotics unnecessarily can lead to drug-resistant superbugs. Most sinus infections will clear up on their own within seven days. If symptoms last for 10 days or more and are not improving, then it’s more likely that your sinus infection is caused by bacteria, in which case your doctor may choose to treat with an appropriate antibiotic. To alleviate symptoms in the meantime, take acetaminophen for sinus pain and drink plenty of fluids to break up the mucus.

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