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How can sinusitis be diagnosed?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
By History: Most sinus infections are diagnosed by the history. Typically, if you have a "cold" that lasts for more than 7-10 days... It's most likely a sinus infection. If you see your ENT he can use a camera to look in your nose to confirm the diagnosis. A ct scan can also be helpful as well.
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Dr. Farhad Sigari
Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
A good history: Often the diagnosis of sinusitis can be reached by getting a detailed history from the patient. Sometimes when the history is not clear an ear, nose, & throat doctor can perform a nasal endoscopy to get a better idea. If the diagnoses is still not clear, then a ct scan can be done.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is sinusitis?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
Inflammation: Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses (in your head and face). It can be caused by infection or allergies, but usually a virus. Antibiotics don't have benefit for most people with sinusitis (they usually resolve on their own in 10-14 days). Things like neti pots, Ibuprofen and decongestants help with the symptoms. Antibiotics used improperly just cause yeast infections and resistant bugs.
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Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
I totally agree with the above for an acute sinusitis. If this problem persists or recurs then see your ENT doctor. A sinus opening problem, immune deficiency, allergy link, polyps or even a fungal infection could be the cause. Your ENT doctor will help if your problem is occurring more often. But if it’s new, please follow Dr Duchicela’s strong advice.
Dec 30, 2018

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