The doctor will start asking about your symptoms to diagnose the condition. He/she may check for tenderness around the nose and look inside your nose to physically examine it. If there are no visible signs of the sinus infection, the doctor will recommend the following:
- Imaging tests like CT scans or MRIs will be performed to get visuals of the sinuses and nasal area. It will help to pinpoint the inflamed tissues and physical blockage in the nose.
- A thin and flexible fiber-optic light will be inserted into your nose to clearly see inside the nose and check the sinuses.
- An allergy test will also be performed to check which allergens cause inflammation in your sinuses. It will help the doctor narrow down the particles that flare up your sinuses.
- Samples from your nose or nasal discharge will be taken to collect samples of the infection and determine whether it is bacteria or fungal infection.
These tests will help the doctor to determine the cause of sinus infections and the right course of treatment.
FESS, i.e., functional endoscopic sinus surgery, is the best treatment for chronic sinusitis. That’s why Pristyn Care leverages this technology to safely treat chronic sinusitis. In the procedure, the ENT surgeon uses a thin, flexible tube that has an endoscope attached to its end. The endoscope emits light that provides clear visuals of the sinus passages.
Depending on the cause of sinus infection, the doctor may use various surgical instruments to remove the infected tissues or remove the polyps that may be causing the nasal blockage. The doctor may also enlarge the narrow opening for proper drainage.
The surgery is done on an outpatient basis and takes about 1-2 hours to complete depending on the severity of the disease. You can get in touch with Pristyn Care’s ENT surgeons and learn more about the procedure in detail from the specialists.