When Should I See a Doctor?

When Should I See a Doctor?

It is recommended you schedule an appointment with your doctor if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • You have suffered from sinusitis more than once
  • Your symptoms continue up to 10 days or longer
  • Your symptoms don’t improve after treatment or seeing your doctor

Signs of a serious sinusitis infection may include:

  • Severe headache
  • Fever
  • Redness or swelling around the eyes or swelling of the forehead
  • Neck stillness
  • Mental confusion
  • Vision changes, including double vision

If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.

What to Ask Your Doctor

If you have been diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, or if you have multiple sinus infections per year that are not helped with medication, you may find it helpful to talk to your primary doctor or an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist about additional treatment options. Below are some questions to help guide that conversation.

Based on my symptoms and the length of time I’ve suffered, do I have chronic sinusitis?

  • What medication do you prescribe for chronic sinusitis, and how long will I need to take medication?
  • What are the effects of my continuing to take this medication for my symptoms?
  • At what point does it make sense for me to consider treatment options beyond medicine?
  • Am I a candidate for surgery with Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What’s the anticipated outcome of Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • What kind of anesthesia is required for Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • Is there an option to perform Balloon Sinuplasty here in your office, using local anesthesia?
  • What are the options if Balloon Sinuplasty is not done?
  • What can I expect to continue to do to treat my condition if I elect not to have this procedure done now?
  • What is the recovery process after Balloon Sinuplasty?
  • How long will I need to miss work / school / normal activities?

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