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Medicines available without a prescription may help relieve
pain and promote sinus drainage.
Be careful with cough and cold medicines. They may not be safe for young children or for people who have certain health problems, so check the label first. If you do use these medicines, always follow the directions about how much to use based on age and weight.
Many doctors do not recommend using
antihistamines unless your symptoms are related to
having allergies. Antihistamines and decongestants may dry out the mucous membranes in your nose
and sinuses and slow the movement of the cilia (the tiny hairs that line the
nose, sinuses, and the air passages inside the lungs and that remove
irritants). This can make mucus thicker, adding to drainage problems. But
other experts believe antihistamines may help treat sinusitis by reducing the
amount of mucus that builds up in the sinus cavities. Don't give antihistamines
to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
September 12, 2012
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
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