Diagnosing Sinusitis

Do You Have Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is generally classified as:
Acute Sinusitis
  • 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.
Recurrent Sinusitis
  • In the last year, symptoms lasting 10 days or longer on 3-4 separate occasions.
Chronic Sinusitis
  • 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 all of this is complete, we can the formulate a customized treatment plan for the patient.

Learn more about medical treatments for sinusitis »

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