//How to diagnose sinusitis
How to diagnose sinusitis 2017-04-06T12:13:10+00:00

HOW TO DIAGNOSE SINUSITIS

If you suspect you have sinusitis and are suffering from one or more of the symptoms, we advise that you make an appointment with your GP1. They will be able to provide a professional diagnosis.

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INITIAL CONSULTATION

In most cases, your GP will examine you and ask you some questions about your symptoms. Your GP may wish to perform an anterior rhinoscopy. This is when your doctor uses an instrument with a light on it to look up your nose and into your sinuses. If your symptoms have worsened after five days or have lasted longer than 10 days, it is likely you will be diagnosed with acute sinusitis.

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AFTER SEVEN DAYS

If your symptoms are severe and your sinusitis has not cleared within seven days, your GP may prescribe a two-week course of antibiotics followed by a two-week steroid course. If antibiotics do not provide a solution then surgery may be recommended.

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AFTER TWELVE WEEKS

If you are still experiencing symptoms after 12 weeks, you may then be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis.

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ENT CONSULTANT

A thorough diagnoses for chronic sinusitis may also include an X-ray or CT scan of the sinuses. If you have chronic sinusitis and your initial treatment, such as over the counter medicines haven’t worked, or if your sinusitis keeps coming back, your GP may refer you to an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist. From here, your ENT consultant may suggest you have a nasal endoscopy. In this test, a narrow, flexible, tube-like telescopic camera (called an endoscope) is inserted into your nose and sinuses. This shows the lining of your sinuses and helps your doctor check for blockages and inflammation.

1 Diagnosis of sinusitis (NICE guidelines) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (2013), https://cks.nice.org.uk/sinusitis

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There are many ENT specialists that provide effective treatment for sinusitis. Find your nearest clinic today.

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