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A 42-year-old female asked:

Swollen turbinates for last 6 months. dx vasomotor rhinitis. positive nasal swab for coag negative staph. could this be cause of vasomotor rhinitis?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Definitely not: A culture like that is essentially useless. Staph CN organisms in this setting are 'just along for the ride' and have nothing to do with your sinus disease. That might have been different if a true pathogen was found (like Strep) but I'm pretty sure this is just what we call 'normal flora'. The sinuses are not a sterile place, so there are ordinary bacteria there. I would seek more about ALLERGY.

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