What Do Chronic Sinus Infections Mean?


It’s not news that sinus infections are no fun. If your child is suffering from one, he or she may be experiencing congestion, drainage down the throat, swelling around the eyes, ear pain, a sore throat, nausea, fatigue, aching in the upper jaw and teeth and more. If your child has suffered from inflamed and swollen sinuses for at least 12 weeks, despite treatment, he or she has chronic sinusitis.

But what do chronic sinus infections mean?

  • Nasal Polyps: Tissues that grow inside the nasal passage can block the sinuses from working correctly, causing an infection.
  • Deviated septum: If the wall between your child’s nostrils is crooked, it could block the sinus passages and create chronic sinusitis.
  • Allergies: Colds and other infections in your child’s respiratory tract can inflame and thicken the sinus membranes, blocking the drainage of mucus.
  • Respiratory Tract Infections: If your child has an infection in his or her respiratory tract, it can thicken the sinus membranes and block mucus drainage.
  • Other medical conditions: Any immune system-related diseases can cause chronic sinusitis for your child.

Diagnosing Chronic Sinusitis

To diagnose your child’s sinus problems, a doctor will feel his or her nose and face, then likely look inside their nose. A nasal endoscopy—a thin tube inserted through the nose to see inside the sinuses—is sometimes needed. Other ways to diagnose include CT or MRI scans, nasal cultures and allergy tests.

Treating Chronic Sinusitis

Any doctor will likely treat your child’s chronic sinus issues in the same way: saline nasal irrigation or antibiotics. The nasal spray will help reduce drainage and rinse out irritants, while an antibiotic can help with any bacteria. Other treatments include nasal corticosteroids and oral corticosteroids.


If your child is suffering from chronic sinus infections, consider visiting Medical City Children’s Urgent Care. We have kid-friendly physicians that are board-eligible in pediatric medicine, offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it and are even open after hours or on the weekend.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.



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