Sinusitis Preparing for Your Appointment

When you come in for your appointment, the doctor will need to vigorously evaluate your sinuses. He may likewise examine your throat, nose, ears and eyes.  He may also ask you pertinent questions regarding your symptoms and it is best to answer them as truthfully as possible. Your doctor may be interested in knowing:

The kind of symptoms you experience
When did they (your symptoms) start
The factors that seem to better or aggravate your symptoms
If you presently have a cold or some other type of respiratory infection, or if you had them just recently
If you have allergies
If you are a smoker, exposed to secondhand smoke or constantly subjected to certain air pollutants
The drugs you’re presently taking including steroids, supplements and herbal remedies
If you suffer from other health problems

In order to maximize your appointment time write down a questions list to ask your doctor. It can be helpful for you to ask these questions:

What conditions or symptoms am I suffering from?
What is causing these conditions or symptoms?
Can they be caused by some other factors?
What test do I need to have?
What treatments can you recommend?
What are the side effects the treatments?
With my other conditions, how can I handle them all properly?
Can you prescribe generic alternatives to the medications you have recommended?

If you have other questions besides these, ask them by all means.
Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

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