Diagnosis Patients should see a doctor if they have sinusitis symptoms that do not clear up within a few days, are severe, or are accompanied by high fever or acute illness. Some doctors believe that too many patients are diagnosed with true sinusitis and given unnecessary antibiotics when their symptoms would actually resolve easily in days with over-the-counter medications or no drugs at all. The first goal in diagnosing sinusitis is to rule out other possible causes of symptoms, and then determine: The site where the infection has occurred Whether the condition is acute or chronic The organism causing the infection (if possible) Diagnostic Approach to Acute Sinusitis Medical History. The patient should describe all symptoms such as nasal discharge and specific pain in the face and head, including eye and tooth pain. After assessing symptoms, the doctor should take a thorough medical history of the patient: Any history of allergies or headaches Recent upper respiratory infection (colds, flu, i...
Cavernous sinus thrombosis is treated with high-dose intravenous (through a vein) antibiotics. Sometimes surgery is needed to drain the infection.
Cavernous sinus thrombosis can be fatal. However, the death rate of this condition has improved tremendously since the introduction of antibiotics.
Calling your health care provider
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Bulging of your eyes
Inability to move your eye in any particular direction
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