DO NOT RUSH WITH THE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS! WAIT AND SEE APPROACH – What are the results?
Viruses are the most common causes of upper respiratory tract infections. According to official data, as many as 85% of these infections are caused by viruses, not bacteria. Despite that, the European research on antibiotic consumption (in the ESAC project) shows that 80% of all antibiotics are prescribed for the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections, which means that about 65% of all antibiotics are prescribed for viral infections.
However, as the results of the research show, prescribing antibiotics to prevent complications of the infection is not based on evidence.
The British Cochrane, the most relevant database, analysed the data of all trials that tested the results in the treatment when the antibiotic was taken immediately, after a while or when it was not prescribed at all for the upper respiratory tract infection.
Cochran’s conclusions were completely clear – there was no difference in the complication rate in all three groups, and the prescribing of antibiotics was three times less.
Precisely because of all the presented results, the “wait and see” approach is recommended in the first 48 to 72 hours after the onset of symptoms.
Do not rush with the use of antibiotics! Wait and observe the symptoms for two to three days, with proper diagnosis and consultation with a doctor.