Rhinoscleroma Medication

Updated: Jun 27, 2023
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Antibiotic agents

Class Summary

Tetracycline is the drug of choice. Other antibiotics include ciprofloxacin and rifampin. Bacterial overinfection responds to treatment with clindamycin and third-generation cephalosporins. Sclerotic lesions respond well to treatment with ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin has the following advantages: Its oral administration is convenient, it achieves good tissue penetration, it is concentrated in macrophages, and it may prove useful in the treatment of patients with rhinoscleroma.

Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)

Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone with activity against Pseudomonas species, streptococci, MRSA, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and most gram-negative organisms but no activity against anaerobes. It inhibits bacterial DNA synthesis and, consequently, growth. Continue treatment for at least 2 days (7-14 d typical) after signs and symptoms have disappeared.

Cefixime (Suprax)

Cefixime is a third-generation cephalosporin. It arrests bacterial cell wall synthesis and inhibits bacterial growth by binding to one or more penicillin-binding proteins.

Rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane)

Rifampin inhibits DNA-dependent bacteria by binding to the beta subunit of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase, blocking RNA transcription.

Clindamycin (Cleocin)

Clindamycin is a lincosamide for the treatment of serious skin and soft tissue staphylococcal infections. It is also effective against aerobic and anaerobic streptococci (except enterococci). It inhibits bacterial growth, possibly by blocking dissociation of peptidyl tRNA from ribosomes and causing the arrest of RNA-dependent protein synthesis.


Corticosteroid agents

Class Summary

These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Corticosteroids modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Meticorten, Orasone)

Prednisone may decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing PMN activity.