How is acute ethmoid sinusitis (sinus infection) treated?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The typical case of acute ethmoidal sinusitis is treated with medical therapy. Medical treatment can reduce the inflammation and edema of the mucosa, alleviate the pain, combat the infection, open the ostia of the sinuses, and restore normal mucociliary secretions. However, surgery is indicated in the following instances:

  • Sinusitis not responsive to medical management

  • Rapidly progressing sinusitis

  • Sinusitis that creates an abscess either in the sinus or adjacent areas such as the orbit or brain

  • Sinusitis that compromises the survival of the patient

See the article on Acute Ethmoid Sinusitis for more information.


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