Headache Issues
Antibiotics May Not Be the Answer for Sinus Headaches
Oct 17, 2013 - 3:58:43 PM

( - Whether it is a classic case of the sniffles or a stuffy headache, any type of sinus-related symptom has become subject to the age of overprescribed medications.  According to Otolaryngologist Dr. Jordan Pritikin at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, all too often antibiotics are issued as a quick-fix for sinus maladies.

"Antibiotics are not a one-size-fits-all solution for the sinuses," says Dr. Pritikin.  "Being prescribed an antibiotic for every ache and pain can cause bacteria to develop resistance to the drug. Then, when they actually need an antibiotic for a sickness down the road, they will not be treated as effectively."

Dr. Pritikin points out that a sinus headache often stems from environmental factors that trigger inflammation of the nasal passages.  "These headaches can easily be treated with over-the-counter remedies," says Dr. Pritikin.  "If they present a reoccurring problem, a more intensive therapy such as surgery may be needed.  However certain ailments, such as a sinus infection, require antibiotics for treatment as there is a bacterial infection at hand.  "

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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