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December 1958

Nasal Sinus Diseases

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;68(6):700-703. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730020724007

Nasal sinus disease occurs in children as frequently as it occurs in adults, but it is more frequently neglected in children. Any child who has a prolonged cold with a persistent bronchial cough usually reveals an infection of one or both maxillary sinuses, and with every established maxillary sinus infection there occurs accompanying infection of the ethmoid cells. Food allergies are particularly prone to underlie these infections, and the commonest offending foodstuffs are milk, eggs, wheat, chocolate, and corn. Often these children are pale and overweight, presenting pale swollen nasal membranes. The importance of diet and general treatment cannot be overemphasized. I do not hesitate to give these children at ages of 6 to 12 years ½ grain (30 mg.) of thyroid and 2½ grains (0.15 gm.) of Calcidin (a combination of iodine with lime and starch plus calcium iodate) (coated tablets), one of each to be taken before breakfast

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