Many upper respiratory infections (URI’s), sinus infections and colds are caused by a viral infection that cannot be treated by antibiotics. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends antibiotic treatment for acute complicated bronchitis, Group A Strep, and acute bacterial sinusitis. Although the common cold may last for up to 2 weeks, antibiotics will not relieve symptoms.

Here at Capital Integrative Health, we follow the CDC guidelines for antibiotic usage and recommend diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations to help your body fight off the viral infection (which we discuss here.)

See the complete CDC  guidelines on antibiotics here.

Lastly, if the symptoms have been going on for more than 10 days, or acutely worsening over the past few days, call us and we can determine if you should see a medical provider.