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Diagnosis of Sinusitis
Major symptoms include:
- Nasal congestion or obstruction
- Facial congestion or fullness
- Facial pain or pressure
- Discharge with pus from nose
- Rear nasal discharge that has pus or is discolored
- Decreased or no ability to smell
Minor symptoms include:
- Ear pain, pressure, or fullness
- Bad breath
- Dental pain
- Signs or symptoms lasting 10 days or more without any signs of improvement
- Worsening signs or symptoms after a period of improvement
- Severe symptoms such as fever 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) or more and nasal discharge with pus that lasts 3-4 consecutive days or more
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Sweat Chloride Test
Blood Tests for Immune Function
Acute Sinusitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated December 18, 2012. Accessed January 9, 2013.
Chronic Sinusitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated December 18, 2012. Accessed January 9, 2013.
Sinusitis overview. American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology website. Available at: http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/sinusitis.aspx . Accessed January 9, 2013.
Sinusitis. American Academy of AOtolaryngology website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/Sinusitis.cfm . Accessed January 9, 2013.
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- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014