Sinus Infection (cont.)
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Which specialties of doctors treat sinus infections (sinusitis)?
Sinusitis is often first diagnosed by a general practitioner/primary care physician, or internal medicine physician. Children may be diagnosed by their pediatrician.
If sinusitis is chronic or severe, you may be referred to an otolaryngologist, also called an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT). If your sinusitis is caused by allergies you may be referred to an allergist.
If you experience an emergency situation due to your sinusitis, you may see an emergency medicine specialist in a hospital's emergency room.
When should you seek medical care for a sinus infection (sinusitis)?
Call a doctor when experiencing pain or pressure in the upper face accompanied by nasal congestion or discharge, postnasal drip, fever for several days, or ongoing bad breath unrelated to dental problems.
Fever can be a symptom of a sinus infection or a cold. Simple nasal congestion with a low-grade fever and a runny nose probably indicates a cold and may not call for medications or antibiotics. Those individuals experiencing facial pain, headaches, and fever for several days may have a sinus infection.
If left undiagnosed and untreated complications of sinusitis can occur that may lead to severe medical problems and possibly death. If you have the following symptoms, you may have a medical emergency and should seek immediate evaluation in a hospital's emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/31/2016
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