Sinus infections are easy to confuse with a common cold due to the similarity in symptoms. If you think your infant or child may have a sinus infection, we provide after hours care so the ER does not have to be your last resort!
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Sinus infections, otherwise known as sinusitis, can be diagnosed using our in-house laboratory here at Night Lite Pediatrics. Furthermore, our expertly trained pediatricians can help determine the cause of your child’s symptoms using various testing.
Most diagnoses of a sinus infection in kids are viral, which means it will improve on its own with time. In more severe cases, antibiotics may be used as a treatment to tackle bacterial sinusitis.
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
Your child may have a runny nose that is blocked with mucus. This is sinus congestion. Most of the time it happens with colds or fever. Your child may feel fullness, pressure, or pain in the face around the nose. The pain may also be above the eyebrow, behind the eye, or over the check bone.
Symptoms can include:
- Cold lasting up to a fortnight
- Thick, colored, nasal discharge
- Post-nasal drip causing a cough
- Swollen eyes
- Pain in the sinus region
- Bad breath
Need to book an arrival time after hours? Our urgent care locations offer easy online scheduling in addition to walk-in and call-ahead options.
When to Call your Pediatrician or Return to Night Lite Pediatrics:
- The pain lasts more than 1 day after your child gets treated.
- The sinus congestion and fullness goes on for more than 1 week.
- Your child has a fever for more than 3 days.
- Nose mucus and discharge gets yellow or green and stays that way for more than 3 days with sinus pain.
- Nose discharge of any kind persists for more than 2 weeks.
- You have other concerns or questions.
Pediatric Sinus Infection Treatments
Most pediatric sinus infections can resolve by themselves over the course of 1-2 weeks. However, if a bacterial variant of sinusitis is present, you can bring your child to our urgent care center for diagnostics to confirm the infection.
We offer sinus infection treatments as needed, either by booking an arrival time online or through our walk-in urgent care, for regular patients as well as new patients.
Our Urgent Care accepts almost all major insurance providers including Medicaid.
If your child has nasal discharge or temporal pain associated with symptoms of a common cold, then they may be suffering from sinusitis.
Yes, as you blow your nose you are building up pressure in your nostrils which can shoot the mucus up into your sinus instead of out of your nose.
No, viral sinusitis is contagious and you should wait until symptoms resolve.
There are three main variants of sinusitis:
- Viral Sinusitis
- Caused by a virus, presenting with flu-like symptoms.
- Bacterial Sinusitis
- More severe, caused by bacteria, presenting with thick, green nasal discharge and facial pain. This is commonly treated with antibiotics.
- Allergic sinusitis
- Allergens can cause inflammation of the sinuses, and symptoms are accompanied by other symptoms of allergies such as an itchy nose and red eyes.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.
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