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Some antibiotics may be ineffective against acute sinusitis, study indicates. The AP (12/5, Tanner) reports that according to a study published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, "people suffering from facial pain and a runny nose with greenish or yellowish mucus generally improved within about two weeks -- whether they took the standard antibiotic amoxicillin, steroid nose spray [budesonide], or fake medicine." This finding may have important implications for antibiotics, "particularly the penicillin-like drug amoxicillin," which "are among the most commonly prescribed medicines for sinus infections." Dr. Vincenza Snow, a Philadelphia internist and director of clinical programs and quality of care at the American College of Physicians, points out that "while antibiotics are designed to treat bacteria, these drugs aren't always very effective at treating bacterial sinus infections because the medicine has a tough time reaching the sinuses."

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