Navigation Links
Antibiotics Given Too Often For Sore Throat: Study

Antibiotics prescribed to a child for a sore throat can often be prevented by conducting a simple strep test, says an American study.

Children are prescribed antibiotics all too often when they complain of sore throat//. This mistake can be avoided by administering a simple test for strep throat, says an eight-year study published in the Journal of American Medical Association.

As many as 53 percent of the estimated 7.3 million American children with sore throats who visit a doctor each year receive antibiotics. But antibiotics are called for in just 15 percent to 36 percent of cases where the source of the pain and inflammation is strep throat, or group A streptococcal pharyngitis. Half the children who were prescribed antibiotics did not undergo a test for strep.

"This over-prescribing of antibiotics could be easily remedied by following known guidelines, which include doing a simple, inexpensive strep test before giving antibiotics," study author Dr. Jeffrey Linder of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School said. "Strep testing is underused…. Instead of writing a prescription, physicians should order a test and make sure they are treating kids' symptoms by offering a pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend the strep throat test before giving antibiotics to a child with a sore throat.

"This is critical not just for children but for all patients as unnecessary prescription of antibiotics can lead to a variety of issues including increased costs, the potential development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and adverse drug effects," said Linder.

Excessive use of antibiotics, especially in cases of viral illness where antibiotics are ineffective, has been blamed for accelerating the development of drug-resistant strains of bacteria.

In addition, the study found that 2 7 percent of the children received antibiotics not recommended for use against strep throat. Penicillin, amoxicillin, erythromycin and first-generation cephalosporins are considered effective against strep, the report said.

Related medicine news :

1. Antibiotics Dangerous for Diarrhoea in Children Caused by E.Coli
2. Antibiotics Helps Autism
3. Antibiotics losing their power against acne
4. Antibiotics help heart patients
5. Antibiotics May Help Prevent Strokes
6. Antibiotics Found To Increase The Risk Of Developing Breast Cancer
7. Antibiotics Overload For Kids Questioned
8. The Use Of Antibiotics Questioned
9. The Dangers Of Prescribing Antibiotics
10. Eliminating Eye Infection With Antibiotics
11. Eliminating Eye Infection With Antibiotics
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, ... the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where ... city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers of cereal and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the ... AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in ... topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern ... Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He ... Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events ... turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. ... tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... CitiDent, is now offering micro-osteoperforation for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive ... self-ligating Damon brackets , AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 24, 2016 Research and ... "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, Forecasts" report ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, Structural Health Monitoring, ... Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components ... replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... The World Market for Companion Diagnostics covers the world market ... the report includes the following: , World ... Region (N. America, EU, ROW), 2015-2020 , World IVD ...
(Date:6/24/2016)...  Arkis BioSciences, a leading innovator in the ... cerebrospinal fluid treatments, today announced it has secured ... led by Innova Memphis, followed by Angel Capital ... Arkis, new financing will accelerate the commercialization of ... of its in-licensed Endexo® technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: