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Computed tomography (
): A CT scanner uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the sinuses. CT scanning can help diagnose chronic sinusitis.
Magnetic resonance imaging (
): Magnetic waves create highly detailed images of the sinuses. You may get CT and MRI scans.
): Doctors use a flexible tube with a camera on its end to see inside your nose and sinuses.
: Your doctor uses a needle or endoscopy to take a mucus sample from inside your sinuses.
Skin test for allergies
: These help to see if allergies are involved in your sinusitis.
: A plain X-ray may show problems with the bones around the sinuses. A CT scan is better.
may be needed to treat bacterial sinusitis.
Antihistamines: Medicines that can reduce the nasal and sinus symptoms from allergic rhinitis.
: Drugs that cause blood vessels in the inner nasal tissue to constrict. As a result, there is less sinus congestion, mucus, and postnasal drip.
Nasal saline spray
: Salt water (saline) nasal spray breaks up dried mucus and helps to keep the nose moist.
Nasal steroid spray
: These medications ease tissue swelling and help prevent the regrowth of nasal polyps after sinus surgery.
Nasal washes: They rinse mucus from the nasal cavities and sinuses.
can improve or correct some sinus conditions. Doctors use it to remove growths or to open a blockage.
Porter, G. Paranasal Sinus Anatomy and Function, January 2002.
Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sinusitis.”
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Nasal Polyps."
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