When you see your doctor, you can expect a thorough examination of your sinuses. Your doctor may also examine your eyes, ears, nose and throat. Be prepared to answer detailed questions about your symptoms. Your doctor may want to know:
- Exactly what symptoms you have
- When your symptoms started
- What, if anything, seems to improve or worsen your symptoms
- Whether you have a cold or other respiratory infection or you've had one recently
- If you have allergies
- If you smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke or other airborne pollutants
- What medications you take, including herbal remedies
- What other health problems you have
Preparing a list of questions you have before the appointment may help you make the most of your time with your doctor. For acute sinusitis, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
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- What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
- Are there other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- What treatments are available? What do you recommend?
- What side effects can I expect from treatment?
- I have other medical problems. How can I best manage them together?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
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