Diagnosis and Treatment of Sinusitis in Children

by admin on August 7, 2017

Rande Lazar, MD, serves as the chief of staff at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee, where he also treats ear, nose, and throat conditions as a staff otolaryngologist. Rande Lazar, MD, has authored numerous papers, articles, and textbooks, including two full-length works on the treatment of pediatric sinusitis. Because their sinus passages are still in the process of maturing, children are highly susceptible to infections in this area. Such infections are most often the result of a virus or an allergic reaction, although symptoms that last more than 10 to 14 days may indicate a condition known as sinusitis. This typically presents with thick nasal discharge of a yellow-green color. Children may also exhibit sore throat, fatigue, and swelling in the upper facial area. An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician will begin treating children with such symptoms by conducting a thorough examination, which may include computed topography (CT) scanning. This helps the ear, nose, and throat specialist make a conclusive diagnosis. If it is acute sinusitis, the physician typically prescribes antibiotics, although some physicians may choose to wait a few extra days to see if the condition resolves on its own. Physicians may also recommend that parents help to relieve their children’s sinusitis symptoms with nasal spray or saltwater drops. These therapies can help to thin the mucous secretions in the child’s sinuses and stimulate the sinus membranes, thus relieving some pressure and ideally some of the child’s discomfort.


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