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February 23, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(8):611-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970430001001

• The treatment of sinusitis depends on the etiology, whether infectious or allergic. If it is the latter, the use of antibiotics is doubly inappropriate. The indiscriminate use of nose drops is especially to be condemned in chronic cases; in acute sinusitis, however, nose drops are justifiably used for vasoconstricting effects and to promote drainage. Chronic sinusitis often represents an allergy. Advanced forms of it are likely to be accompanied by secondary infections. A case history is given to illustrate the need of considering both the allergic and the infectious aspects of sinusitis and of intervening surgically when medical treatment proves inadequate.