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How can a doctor tell if you have chronic sinusitis?

How can a doctor tell if you have chronic sinusitis?

Methods for diagnosing chronic sinusitis include: Imaging tests. Images taken using CT or MRI can show details of your sinuses and nasal area. Looking into your sinuses. A thin, flexible tube with a fiber-optic light inserted through your nose allows your doctor to see the inside of your sinuses. An allergy test.

Which is the best treatment for chronic sinusitis?

Treatments for chronic sinusitis include: Nasal corticosteroids. These nasal sprays help prevent and treat inflammation. Saline nasal irrigation, with nasal sprays or solutions, reduces drainage and rinses away irritants and allergies. Oral or injected corticosteroids.

Do you need a culture for chronic sinusitis?

Cultures are generally unnecessary for diagnosing chronic sinusitis. However, when the condition fails to respond to treatment or is worsening, your doctor may swab inside your nose to collect samples that might help determine the cause, such as bacteria or fungi. Treatments for chronic sinusitis include:

What happens to your sinuses when you have chronic sinusitis?

Chronic sinusitis occurs when our sinuses become inflamed for a long period. Our sinuses are the spaces linking up our ears, nose and mouth – when these become inflamed, it results in a stuffy sensation. Mucus may have difficulty draining, breathing through the nose may be difficult and the eyes may feel swollen.

What are the criteria for diagnosis of chronic sinusitis?

Some refer to these as the PODS (pressure, obstruction, discharge, and smell) criteria. 2 Furthermore, diagnosis of chronic sinusitis requires that at least 1 of the patient’s symptoms be obstruction or discharge.

Can a sinus infection be diagnosed without sinonasal inflammation?

A patient without objective evidence of sinonasal inflammation should not be given a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis. Inflammation consistent with chronic sinusitis includes polyps visible in the nasal cavity, polyps or purulence in the middle meatus, and thickened mucosa in the sinuses on computed tomography.

When to see a doctor for a sinus infection?

You’ll likely see your primary care doctor first for symptoms of sinusitis. If you’ve had several episodes of acute sinusitis or appear to have chronic sinusitis, your doctor may refer you to an allergist or an ear, nose and throat specialist for evaluation and treatment.

Can a CT scan be used to diagnose sinusitis?

Diagnosis. Images taken using a CT scan or MRI can show details of your sinuses and nasal area. These might pinpoint a deep inflammation or physical obstruction that’s difficult to detect using an endoscope. Nasal and sinus cultures. Cultures are generally unnecessary for diagnosing chronic sinusitis.