To determine the presence of streptococcus bacteria, your doctor will do a throat culture. This uncomfortable but risk-free procedure involves swabbing a sample of throat mucus for lab analysis. It usually takes 24 hours to grow and analyze the culture. Some doctors also use a rapid strep test that can give results in about five minutes, but it isn't as accurate as the culture.
Your doctor will also give you a complete exam, listening to your heart for evidence of heart valve malfunction -- which will...
Complications such as meningitis could develop from the sinusitis.
How Well It Works
Traditional surgery is an effective
method of treating chronic sinusitis or sinusitis that has caused
Serious risks include:
Leakage of the
fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
Inflammation of the
membrane that covers the brain
What To Think About
Endoscopic surgery has become the
standard type of surgery done for chronic sinusitis. But traditional surgery is
still the best choice in certain cases. The type of surgery you have will
depend on which sinuses are affected and how severely they are damaged.1 To learn more, see the topic Endoscopic Surgery for
Surgical treatment of sinusitis should be considered
only when more conservative approaches, such as home treatment and medications,