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How is pediatric sinusitis treated?

A child's sinuses develop as a child ages. The maxillary (cheek) sinuses are normally the first to form and often times are the sinuses that cause most problems in the pediatric population. Pediatric sinuses are often treated in many ways similar to adult sinuses, starting with correct diagnosis and maximal medical therapy. As with adults, when maximal medical therapy fails, further options, to include surgery, which now allows for minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty, may be considered.
Dianne Parker
Dianne Parker on behalf of MDLIVE
Pediatrics
Pediatric sinusitis is initially treated with the antibiotic Amoxicillin.  If the patient is penicillin allergic or if the patient is not responding well, Omnicef, Suprax, or Zithromax may be used.  If the patient is not penicillin allergic, Augmentin is the best choice for sinusitis not responsive to Amoxicillin. The minimum treatment is for 10 days and for an additional 7 days if symptoms have not completely resolved. Intranasal steroids may help alleviate symptoms.

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