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°F (39ºC) or more and nasal discharge with pus that lasts 3-4 consecutive days or more
Sweat Chloride Test
Blood Tests for Immune Function
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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.
- Reviewer: David Horn, MD
- Review Date: 08/2015 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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