A medical history provides your doctor with many
important clues for the diagnosis of your condition. To help diagnose
sinusitis, your doctor may ask you the
About your symptoms:
What are your symptoms like? What are your main
Are you experiencing any facial pain? If so, how long
does it last? How intense is the pain, and where does it occur? Is it worse
when bending forward?
Do you have nasal congestion? How long have
you been congested?
Do you have any nasal discharge, either from
your nose or down the back of your throat? Thick, discolored (green or yellow)
discharge is common with acute sinusitis; clear or watery discharge is more
commonly associated with
If you’re among the 37 million Americans who suffer from sinus problems, you know just how miserable the symptoms can make you feel. The congestion. The facial pain. The postnasal drip-drip-drip.
Summer often brings a bit of a respite, as the cold viruses that trigger most cases of sinusitis are less active in warm weather. And, experts say the sinus problems that do crop up in summer can often be avoided -- if you take these six precautions:
Your doctor may also ask questions to help learn whether
you have been exposed to irritants that may increase your risk of developing
sinusitis or make an existing sinus infection worse. For example, smoke
irritates inflamed membranes in your nose and sinuses.
Do you or does anyone in your household
Do you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove?
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Donald R. Mintz, MD - Otolaryngology
August 3, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 03, 2010
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