Otitis Media Pathogens Developing Antibiotic Resistance

Researchers are now saying that in many cases of middle ear infection, the most appropriate treatment is "watchful waiting" instead of using antibiotics immediately .

A new review notes that a large majority of Acute Otitis Media (AOM) cases can be treated this way with no long-term ill effects.  And watchful waiting could substantially reduce the use of antibiotics in the treatment of AOM, and therefore play a major role in helping fight the development of treatment-resistant bacteria.

According to Science Daily:

“The review notes that since the introduction of a polysaccharide conjugate vaccine to prevent infections from seven serotypes of the bacteria named Streptococcus pneumoniae, the number of AOM infections associated with these bacteria has decreased. However, AOM infections from bacteria not covered by the vaccine are on the rise.”

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