Particularly in the early part of the year, flu season is in full swing. Many people will experience nasal congestion, cough and facial pain or pressure.

These maladies are often associated with a condition known as sinusitis.

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According to Medical News Today, sinusitis occurs when mucus builds up and the sinuses become inflamed. It also notes that physicians may refer to sinusitis as rhinosinusitus because “inflammation of the sinuses nearly always ocurs with inflammtion of the nose known as rhinitis.”

Per the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, common symptoms include:

  • Postnasal drip
  • Discolored nasal discharge (greenish in color)
  • Nasal stuffiness or congestion
  • Tenderness of the face (particularly under the eyes or at the bridge of the nose)
  • Frontal headaches
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Coughing
  • Fever

At times, physicians and other medical providers will turn to imaging tests to confirm or rule out sinusitis. In many cases, an x-ray or a CT scan may be appropriate as part of their diagnostic process.

We hope you have a healthy start to the new year, but if you receive a recommendation for testing, choose Diagnostic Imaging Services. We have multiple locations that perform both x-ray and CT, as well as numerous other common screening and diagnostic exams.

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