Antibiotics for Sinus Infections

An antibiotic is a combination of two words - 'anti' and 'bacterial'. Therefore, an antibiotic is something that destroys bacteria. The Encarta Web Dictionary defines an antibiotic as 'a naturally produced substance that kills or deactivates bacteria, only it has no effect against viruses'. Antibiotics keep bacteria from reproducing inside the body. Antibiotics for sinus infections are very effective as a treatment.

The natural in-built immunity of our body defends against bacterial diseases. When the symptoms of an illness occur, the antibodies destroy the bacteria. Of course a healthy body is more able to fend of illness than a body with a weakened immune system. With the absence of a strong immune system, the body is not capable of fighting sinus infections and your body needs an extra push that antibiotics can provide.

Some of the more common antibiotics include penicillin, cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones and macrolides. The bacteria in the human body feed upon the nutrients, that enable them to develop, and then to split. The bacteria create more cell walls as they develop. Penicillin prohibits the bacteria from building cell walls, which leads to the bacteria bursting. Amoxicillin is probably the most prescribed antibiotic for sinus infections.

Cephalosporins work in a similar way, by destroying the cell wall production of the bacteria. These are effective sinus infection antibiotics for those who are allergic to penicillin. Macrolides do not kill bacteria directly, but instead limit their growth by stopping them from multiplying. This speeds up the recovery time of the body's immune system. In the category of macrolides, common antibiotics for sinus infections are erythromycin and clarithromycin.

The most recent entry into the world of antibiotics are fluoroquinolones, which affect the reproduction process of the bacteria at the DNA level. Among the fluoroquinolones class, the most popular and effective antibiotic is maxifloxacin.

The choice of antibiotic you should take, depends on a variety of factors. Factors including the ability of the body to absorb the drug into the blood stream, the body's resistance to the drug, the type of infection and the cost of the drug, to name a few. The antibiotics prescribed vary from person to person in terms of their effectiveness.

Therefore, antibiotics for sinus infections should only be taken after being prescribed by a doctor, after a careful analysis of the severity of the illness, and consideration of any allergic reactions or side-effects.

To keep from having to take antibiotics for sinus infections, I suggest you take preventative action and keep those sinuses healthy.  I prefer this natural treatment for sinus health.



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    April 2008


    Antibiotics For Sinus Infections