Sinusitis is generally classified as:
- Symptoms lasting less than 10 days – generally considered viral and antibiotics are not needed
- Symptoms lasting more than 10 days – generally considered bacterial and may require an antibiotic
- In the last year, symptoms lasting 10 days or longer on 3-4 separate occasions.
- Symptoms lasting 12 or more weeks.
Symptoms alone are not a reliable way to diagnose sinusitis. Our practice takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosis. This includes:
- Compiling an in depth medical history, including previous treatments methods
- Conducting a nasal endoscopy, which evaluates the status of nasal cavity.
- Performing a MiniCAT Instant CT Scanner scan to look at the degree of infection.
- Allergy testing.
Once we know the answer to all three of these, we can then formulate a treatment plan right for you.
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