Chronic sinusitis is a swelling and inflammation of nose and head sinuses for three month or longer, despite treatment. This condition interferes with the way mucus normally drains, and makes your nose stuffy
It is a common disease in children but may be under diagnosed due to the similarity of symptoms with common cold and allergies.
Cough and nasal discharge may be the only symptoms present in children. Children tend to have a greater infectious component compared to adults.
• Nasal inflammation
• Thick discolored discharge from the nose (runny nose)
• Blocked or stuffy nose (congested) causing difficulty breathing from your nose
• Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
• Reduced sense of smell and taste
Other signs and symptoms:
• Ear pain
• Cough or throat clearing
• Sore throat
Nasal saline irrigation plays a major role in the treatment of Chronic Sinusitis. It helps thinning the mucus, decreasing swelling and cleaning the hard secretions to prevent infection
Studies have shown that nasal irrigation with hypertonic solutions 3 times a day for one month improves the clinical and radiological status among children with chronic sinusitis.
Research suggests that Hypertonic saline irrigation leads to better symptom control over isotonic solutions in Chronic Sinusitis.
It is an effective first line treatment for pediatric CS and subsequent nasal symptoms. It has been shown to decrease the need for surgery and CT imaging.
D. Shoseyov et al. Treatment with hypertonic saline vs normal saline nasal wash of pediatric chronic sinusitis. J Allergy Clin ummunol. Vol.101 No.5 May 1998
V. Pham et al. Long term outcome of once daily nasal irrigation for the treatment of pediatric Chronic rhinosinusitis. Larengoscope 124: April 2014