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Prescription of Antibiotics for Acute, Mild-to-moderate Sinusitis
Most sinusitis in the ambulatory setting is due to a viral infection that will resolve on its own. Despite consistent recommendations to the contrary, antibiotics are prescribed in over 80% of outpatient visits for acute sinusitis.
Sinusitis accounts for 16 million office visits and $5.8 billion in annual health care.
Sources: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cochrane, and Annals of Internal Medicine