HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Antibiotics not always beneficial for childhood ear infections

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., October 10 More children are treated in the U.S. with antibiotics for inflammation of the middle ear, or otitis media, than any other child health problem. More than five million cases are diagnosed every year. But now, a scholarly review of over one hundred studies by a U.Va. pediatrician concludes that antibiotics help only one in eight children with ear infections.

Dr. J. Owen Hendley, professor of pediatrics and a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases, writes in the Oct. 10 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine that placebo-controlled trials found ear infections had gone away in one week in 81 percent of placebo recipients, as compared with 94 percent of antibiotic recipients. Hendley says there is a clear downside to the use of antibiotics to treat common ear infections. "The bacteria which cause ear infections learn quickly to be resistant to antibiotics. At some point we're going to run out of drugs to treat the problem," he says. "Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem in this country. The practice of treating eight children to help the one who needs antibiotics just makes it worse."

When they diagnose an ear infection, doctors should hold off giving antibiotics for 48 to 72 hours, Hendley advises, because the infection can clear up spontaneously. The pain and irritability that accompany ear infections should be treated with children's acetaminophen, ibuprofen or other pain relievers. Hendley, however, found that an antibiotic, such as amoxicillin, is recommended for a less common ear infection, bacterial otitis media or "pus drum", characterized by bulging eardrums and visible pus.

In addition, Hendley's review sheds light on the increasing use of tympanostomy tubes in the eardrum to help drain fluid from the middle ear in children with recurrent ear infections, usually three or four episodes within six months. Hendley says there is no benefit to children unless they suffer from more s
'"/>

Contact: Bob Beard
reb8e@virginia.edu
434-924-5679
University of Virginia Health System
10-Oct-2002


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Antibiotics protect nerves in mice by turning on genes
2. Antibiotics within 4 hours of arrival at hospital better for pneumonia patients
3. Antibiotics help heart patients
4. Antibiotics Reduce Inflammation In Heart Disease But Effect On Heart Attacks Remains Unproven
5. Understanding Why Antibiotics May Be Over-prescribed For Patients With Sore Throats
6. Researchers Synthesize Compounds For New Class Of Antibiotics
7. Exercise-induced shortness of breath not always caused by asthma
8. Risky surgery not always necessary to treat cervical disease
9. Treatment for brain tumor does not always follow recommendations
10. Early surgical treatment not always necessary for patients with brain haemorrhage
11. Doctor report cards not always clear when comparing quality of care

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/27/2020)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... January 27, 2020 , ... Respected ... host the first Pinnacle Dental Study Club course of the calendar year on January ... of continuing education courses, hosted by the doctors at Canal Calem Periodontics. , ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... ... , ... Immunosequencing, the science of profiling T- and B-cell ... disease states. This webinar will give a brief overview of Adaptive Biotechnologies’ immunoSEQ® ... examine autoimmune diseases. , Research Project Manager Katie Boland, DVM, PhD and Research ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... ... January 27, 2020 , ... Controlled Contamination Services is pleased to announce ... As Vice President of the East/Central Regions, she will be responsible for all of ... CCS since 2015 and has been an integral part of the company’s success and ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... , ... January 27, 2020 , ... ... offers comprehensive, cutting-edge dentistry with a patient-centered approach. Located at 11550 Webb Bridge ... exceptional training in multiple dental specialties. ConfiDenT offers treatments in general and preventative ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... ... January 27, 2020 , ... The National Lacrosse League ... be the league’s first-ever official Telecommunications partner in the United States. The AT&T deal ... of the NLL into a new decade. , “There are few brands that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/27/2020)... ... January 27, 2020 , ... Respected dentists, ... experience with live patients in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The dentists performed advanced ... Garg. Drs. Nash routinely perform surgery for dental implants to replace ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 27, 2020 , ... The team ... in Waco, TX and surrounding areas for patients in need of extensive tooth ... appointment. Often, this is part of a full mouth reconstruction, which can rebuild a ...
(Date:1/27/2020)... ... ... A January 22 article on Asia One reports on the ... a rare disease associated with premature aging of the skin. The article reports ... With the help of publicity and fundraising efforts, Xiaofeng had a number of facial ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: