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Talking to Your Doctor About Sinusitis

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by Carson-DeWitt R
 
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with sinusitis. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.

General Tips for Gathering Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
  • Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
  • Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
 

References


Rakel RE, Bope ET. Conn’s Current Therapy . 54th ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2002.


Sinus infection (sinusitis). National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/sinusitis/Pages/Index.aspx . Accessed September 12, 2008.


Sinusitis. American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery website. Available at: http://www.entnet.org . Accessed September 12, 2008.

 

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