There are many side effects of antibiotics. Normally, after taking an antibiotic, it is necessary to take yogurt and probiotic for three months to restore the good bacteria you need for health and that is only one of the issues of antibiotic oversuse.
You should use antibiotics when needed. However, In Lancet, the prestigious British Medical Journal, they reported that 84% of patients with sinusitis got well on the antibiotic. And, 76% of the sinusitis patients got well on placebo.
In the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2003 Dr. Bucher* reported that in treating acute sinusitis, after a week, the symptoms of the patients on Augmentin were the same as those on placebo.
Admittedly the medical profession has not done a good job of avoiding antibiotic abuse. Part of the blame lies with the advertising and samples handed out so freely when a new “better” antibiotic is being promoted. Part of the blame is with the doctors; a patient walks into the doctor’s office with a nose full of pus, and walks out with the nose full of pus– with a prescription for an antibiotic. Why didn’t the doctor do a treatment that would have removed that pus? It only takes a few minutes, for example, to do a pulsatile irrigation or a suction removal. With the pus removed, maybe an antibiotic could be avoided. When you remove the pus, you reduce the total number of bacteria. The fewer the numbers, the more probability that natural healing factors will cure the illness. After all, before we had antibiotics, people did get well with an infection by natural means.
Now we have bacteria that are proving resistant to major antibiotics. One is called MRSA Staph. This is prevalent in the hospital and persons going in for surgery may become infected with this. If they are receiving some type of implant – for example, a hip replacement, this type of bacterial wound infection could spell disaster.
Years ago, around 1850, hospital infections were so bad, that a woman was much safer having her baby at home than in the hospital. If resistant organisms continue to multiply, we may be back to where we were 150 years ago. Heaven forbid, we could come to a time when we couldn’t do hip and other replacement surgeries anymore!
It seems that the patients themselves must personally do the job of avoiding the abuse of antibiotics; the doctors can’t do it alone.
Healing an infection with natural immune factors is better than taking big doses of antibiotic. In addition, you also help your overall immune system. In East Germany, they didn’t have many antibiotics before the fall of the Berlin Wall. But they didn’t develop much asthma. In West Germany kids were given antibiotic for any sniffle; they developed a higher incidence of asthma.
If you no longer need to take antibiotics. You can, for example, use simple means to increase nasal cilia movement that sweeps the bacteria out of the nose and sinuses. Instead of drugs, when you  have a cough they use steam inhalation and tea, lemon, and honey.
The more persons that avoid antibiotic abuse, the sooner we will all have better health. A single person who takes an inadequate dose of an antibiotic can generate a resistant organism, so wide publicity is essential.
Just recognize the problem and do your part in reducing antibiotic abuse, and tell all your friends why they should do the same. Together, we can make our friends and ourselves healthier.
*Bucher HC, Tschudi P, Young J, et al:. Effect of amoxicillin-clavulanate in clinically diagnosed acute rhinosinusitis: a placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial in general practice. Arch Intern Med, 2003 Aug 11-25;, 163(15): 1793-8. (After six days the symptoms of placebo and antibiotic patients were about the same.)