People who swim or dive a lot are more likely to get it.
People with hay fever, allergies, or asthma are more likely to get it.
People with certain diseases, such as cancer or HIV, are at risk.
People who smoke are more likely to get sinusitis.
What are the symptoms? Young children may complain of having a cold. Symptoms of sinusitis may
be similar to a cold but they last for at least 10 days. Symptoms of chronic
sinusitis are often milder than symptoms of acute sinusitis.
Yellow or green mucus
Blood in the mucus
Bad smelling mucus
Redness in the nose
Swelling or aching around the eyes
Tenderness around the cheeks or eyes
Cheek pain that may be described as a toothache
Headache that is more painful when bending forward
Is it contagious?
No. Sinusitis is not contagious. However, a common
cold often causes it and the cold may be contagious.
How is it treated?
Take your child to the doctor if he has symptoms of sinusitis.
The doctor may need to take tests.
The goal of treatment is to help the sinuses drain and if needed, cure the
Viral infections usually go away without treatment within 10 to 14 days.
Antibiotics will not help.
Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Have your child take
the full prescription. Antibiotics are usually given for 10 days. They may
be needed for as long as 4 weeks.
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