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Sinus Infection Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Is this your first case of sinusitis?
  • How many episodes of sinusitis have you had in the past year?
  • Are your symptoms improving or getting worse?
  • Are you currently using decongestants or nasal sprays? Do you use them daily, or only as symptoms occur?
  • Do you have seasonal allergies?
  • Do you need help quitting smoking?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you experience nasal congestion, headache, ear pressure, or pain in your face, forehead, cheeks, jaw or teeth?
  • Does your pain get worse when you bend over?
  • Do you have a nasal discharge? If so, is it thick or thin? Does it have a color?
  • How long have you had these symptoms? Are your symptoms improving or getting worse?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • Do you smoke or are you around someone who smokes?
  • What side effects are you experiencing from your medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What is the difference between a sinus infection and sinusitis?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have sinusitis?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • Is sinusitis always caused by a bacterial infection?
  • Are there other treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose sinusitis?
  • What treatments are available for sinusitis?
  • What should I do if my symptoms do not improve or get worse?
  • Do you always need antibiotics to treat sinusitis or a sinus infection?
  • What are my treatment options for sinusitis?
  • How long should it take for my sinusitis to clear?
  • How likely am I to get sinusitis again in the future?
  • Could my new or different symptoms be related to my sinusitis?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my case of sinusitis?
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  1. Acute Sinusitis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acute-sinusitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351677
  2. Sinus Infection (Sinusitis). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/community/for-patients/common-illnesses/sinus-infection.html
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