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Can you do a culture from inside the nose to see if there's a sinus infection going on?

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Dr. Ronda Alexander answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Yes but...: Such a culture must be taken not from inside the nose randomly, but from the area where the suspected sinus drains. The diagnosis of sinusitis is based on clinical findings and history features. You may want to see a PCP for examination.

Answered 10/19/2017

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Has minimal benefit: The agent of sinus disease is whatever is trapped behind swollen portals that allow mucous to enter the nose from the sinus cavities. The nasal membranes can have many separate benign germs living on the membranes at the same time. Pass a needle through the gum to the sinuses and you would possibly get the germ, if the needle didn't acquire a contaminant during the procedure.

Answered 9/13/2015

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