Antibiotics Shown to be Ineffective at Treating Sinus Infection

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

In 2010, approximately 29.8 million American adults were diagnosed with sinusitis, a sinus infection. A very large amount of those diagnoses resulted in doctors prescribing antibiotics in order to treat the problem, but new research shows that antibiotics are not even effective at treating sinus infection. In fact, a placebo was shown to be just as effective.

For the study, main author Dr. Jane M Garbutt and her team examined data involving 166 adults stricken with acute sinus infections with either moderate, severe, or very severe symptoms. Specifically, the symptoms had to include pain or tenderness in the face and sinuses, and nasal discharge lasting between 7 and 28 days. Each participant was randomly assigned either a 10-day dose of an antibiotics known as amoxicillin, or a 10-day dose of a placebo.

While the antibiotics relieved symptoms more than the placebo up until day 3, it was not anymore effective than the placebo for the remaining time period.

“We hope this study provides scientific evidence that doctors can use with patients to explain that an antibiotic is not likely to help an acute sinus infection…our results show that antibiotics aren’t necessary for a basic sinus infection – most people get better on their own.” said lead author Dr Jane M Garbutt, associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.

Since the beginning of using antibiotics, the needed dosage to potentially treat most bacterial infections, including sinus infection, has increased tremendously. The overuse of antibiotics has become a serious problem, with even mainstream doctors warning against the excessive overuse of the drugs due to the permanent negative alterations in digestive flora. Contributing to mental illness, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, antibiotics are evoking fear in scientists by perpetuating diseases ‘impossible’ to treat.

Sinus infections almost always go away on their own, but there are ways to lessen the length, severity, and also prevent the negative experience. Boosting your own immune system through eating organic foods, exercising, and supplementing with powerful supplements like turmeric and vitamin D is at the base of prevention. In addition, an absolutely fantastic solution for relieving symptoms is raw organic apple cider vinegar. After simply consuming apple cider vinegar on its own or combining it with other powerful relievers such as cayenne pepper, you will undoubtedly see a an improvement.

About the Author

Anthony Gucciardi is an accomplished investigative journalist with a passion for natural health. Anthony’s articles have been featured on top alternative news websites such as Infowars, NaturalNews, Rense, and many others. Anthony is the co-founder of Natural Society, a website dedicated to sharing life-saving natural health techniques. Stay in touch with Natural Society via the following sites FacebookTwitterWeb


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  • Jason

    As a child I was always told to take antibiotics for sinus infections which I got very often. Up until I was about 21 I took them every time I felt it coming on simply because I didn’t know any better. I had a spell in between jobs and doing temp work that I had no health insurance and had a bout of sinus infection and just decided to handle it by drinking tea and being Cajun I also by default have my fair share of cayenne pepper. In a few days I felt much better and since this episode my infections are very infrequent and far less severe. I haven’t taken antibiotics in probably 10 years or more. Knock on wood I also haven’t had much beyond a common cold. Coincidence? I think not…

    • Sheri

      Jason – can you give me the recipe for the tea you drank? I’ve heard of putting cayenne pepper in tea before along with lemon juice and honey but I can’t remember the recipe.

    • Sharon

      I discovered a nasal spray called “Sinus Buster”, found it a CVC , no problem with usage, capsicum pepper, have not had a sinus infection in three years. A dr that I trusted almost killed me with antibiotic therapy for this, never again. 🙂

  • Kirby

    The Mayo clinic had a study that I had heard about that investigated the cause of this issue described for long-term sufferers of sinus problems.
    Something like 96% were found to be caused by a fungal or mold etiology (such a big word) that would not respond to antibiotics, but could be influenced by anti-fungal application.
    I found that inhaling tea tree oil vapors through the sinuses basically eliminated my chronic headaches within a dozen treatments.
    A cup of boiling water, added 3 or 4 drops of TTO, a makeshift cover made from a gallon jug to cover the cup and vent the fumes to the cap hole (used the cap to trap vapors between sniffs) and figure 8-10 “inhales” before the volatiles are gone.
    I do a “booster” treatment every few weeks and that holds off those weather-caused sinus headaches that used to plague me – sometimes for half a week.

  • Chris Higginson

    I am in harmony with all your statements concerning diet and the ineffectiveness of medically prescribed drugs.
    My wife teaches 200 pupils every week and in the past suffered all sorts of ‘flu, colds and bronchitis from the children.
    For the last two years I have used rife equipment and she has had zero infections.
    Sinusitis, colds etc all cured within the hour.
    Medical Science will not accept this because there is no money in it, but the truth is emerging and I hope that in the not too distant future we have free “walk through” treatment centers where these cures are supplied as a public service.

  • Sheri

    I changed my diet 7 months ago. I used to get a sinus infection every 5-6 weeks (seriously). Since I changed my diet and started exercising, I’ve only had one. It was a doozy though. I’d been fighting it for several days and was about to travel by plane for work. I knew I couldn’t fly with such a bad infection. After trying home remedies and my sinus rinse, I finally went to the doctor. I gotta say… within about 12 hours of taking my first dose, I was already starting to feel better. I’m not one to typically advocate the use of antibiotics, but from personal experience, I’m not quite sure I agree with this.

    • Sheri

      In addition, I tried apple cider vinegar the last time I got an infection. My throught had not been hurting AT ALL during the time I’d had the infection since it was localized to my sinuses and my face. As soon as I drank the vinegar, my throat was on fire and the pain lasted for about 3 days. It was like it made my throat raw. It was excruciatingly painful. To the point where I now can’t even smell apple cider vinegar without almost gagging.

  • Therese

    In my country (Norway) the doctors have known this for nearly 20 – TWENTY – years !!! And they stopped useing antibiotics for sinus infections.
    I just took awaythe milkproducts and theese problems stopped ……very simple . And if you want to get rid of fever , then put slices of normal onion under your feet at night – next morning NO fever !!! I did not belive this , but I tried and it worked every time ! Even when the child had extreamly high fewer at bedtime .