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how can sinusitis be diagnosed?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 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.
Dr. Farhad Sigari
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 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 14 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.
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 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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A 40-year-old member asked:

How common is sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Common: Sinusitis... Bacterial infection of the sinuses affects about 34 million people a year. Conservative medical treatment handles the vast majority of cases. At times surgical procedures like endoscopic sinus surgery or newer balloon technologies are used to open diseased sinuses.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is qualified to treat sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
PCP, ENT, Allergy: Your primary care doctor is a good place to start. They may need you to see an ENT or an allergist if you have any complications or issues related to your sinus infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Will an air purifier help with my sinusitis?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
It may: If you have allergies due to pollen, dust, or airbone particles, then an air purifier may help. A hepa grade filter system is best and it should be cleaned regularly. Once the airborne allergies are controlled, your sinuses may become easier to manage.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What are the ways to diagnose sinusitis?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
History of exam: Most cases of classic acute sinusitis can be diagnosed by a good history: 1) nasal congestion 2) sinus pressure 3) sinus pain 4) tooth pain 5) ear pain 6) purulent drainage 7) fatigue and malaise. Not all have to be present for you to have a sinus infection. A good rule of thumb "if you have a cold more than 7 days.. It is likely a sinus infection." chronic sinusitis has to be diagnosed with a ct.

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