>>Narrator: STEPHANIE SANTINO SAYS SHE USED
DREAD THIS TIME OF YEAR. DURING THE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS SINUS INFECTIONS SEEMED TO TAKE
OVER HER LIFE.>>Stephanie Santino: “There were times where
just literally sitting upright, that pain of holding your head upright was just really
intense.”>>Narrator: LIKE MOST PEOPLE, STEPHANIE SAYS
NEARLY EVERY TIME SHE WENT TO THE DOCTOR FOR A SINUS INFECTION, SHE CAME HOME WITH ANTIBIOTICS.
BUT STARTING THIS SINUS INFECTION SEASON, THAT’S LIKELY TO CHANGE.>>Subinoy Das, MD: “For the vast, vast
majority of people we give antibiotics, it’s not really providing the benefit that we would
have hoped.”>>Narrator: IN FACT, IT’S ACTUALLY MAKING
THINGS WORSE. DOCTOR SUBINOY DAS (pronounced: SHOOB-noy DOSS) IS A SINUS EXPERT AT THE OHIO
STATE UNIVERSITY WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER. HE SAYS UP TO 90-PERCENT OF SINUS INFECTIONS
ARE CAUSED BY A VIRUS, SO ANTIBIOTICS ARE NO HELP AT ALL.
BUT FOR DECADES DOCTORS PRESCRIBED THEM ANYWAY. AND NOW SOME BACTERIA ARE BECOMING DANGEROUSLY
DRUG-RESISTANT. :20>>Subinoy Das, MD: “We are creating a race
of super-bacteria, for which we will not be able to treat.”>>Narrator: TO AVOID THAT, NEW GUIDELINES
ARE IN PLACE THIS FALL² – DISCOURAGING DOCTORS FROM OVER-PRESCRIBING ANTIBIOTICS.
INSTEAD, DAS SAYS TO FIRST TREAT YOUR SINUS INFECTION WITH AN OVER-THE-COUNTER SALT WATER
RINSE. THEY CAN BE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE. HOWEVER, IF YOUR FACE SWELLS, YOU HAVE A HIGH
FEVER OR YOUR VISION CHANGES, DON’T IGNORE YOUR SINUS INFECTION, INSTEAD..>>Subinoy Das, MD: “Seek medical attention
early, but go with an open mind that ‘I’m not going expecting an antibiotic.’”>>Narrator: BECAUSE CHANCES ARE, YOU MAY NOT
GET ONE. AFTER SURGERY TO FIX HER SINUSES, STEPHANIE NOW SWEARS BY SALT WATER RINSES
TO CONTROL THE INFECTIONS THAT USED TO CONTROL HER.
AT OHIO STATE’S WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER, THIS IS CLARK POWELL REPORTING.