oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Upper respiratory tract infections : guidelines

Volume 77, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The most important concern in the management of upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) is antibiotic resistance. Worldwide evidence suggests that inappropriate antibiotic use for non-severe URTIs, most of which are viral, adds to the overall burden of antibiotic resistance, a phenomenon which is becoming more prevalent. This has been the rationale for the compilation of treatment guidelines for the management of URTIs in South Africa.

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