The Asthma Center

How are sinusitis and allergy treated medically?

If sinusitis is caused by bacterial infection, treatment usually begins with the use of an antibiotic. Which antibiotic is best depends on your age, weight, previous use of antibiotics, past history of treatment, whether your condition is acute or chronic and your physician’s estimation of the probable bacteria causing your infection.

In addition both sinusitis and allergic rhinitis may require use of decongestants (oral and perhaps nasal), nasal corticosteroid sprays and analgesics to help control symptoms. In those people with longstanding allergies, allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be very effective for both allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.