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Antibiotics and acute purulent rhinitis: Are antibiotics effective for acute purulent rhinitis?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7564.395-b (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:395
  1. Joanne Rimmer, specialist registrar in otolaryngology (jrimmer@doctors.org.uk),
  2. John Almeyda, consultant otolaryngologist
  1. West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF
  2. West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 6AF

    EDITOR—Arroll and Kenealy conclude that antibiotics are probably effective for acute purulent rhinitis but suggest that most patients will get better without them and hence advocate a “no antibiotics as first line” treatment plan.1 Their systematic review looked at seven studies comparing placebo with antibiotic treatment for “acute purulent rhinitis” and defined acute as “less than 10 days with this symptom.” They considered all papers …

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