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A diagnosis of sinusitis may be overlooked or delayed because symptoms can be nonspecific or common to many other conditions.  Be aware that you may have misdiagnosed sinus problems.


It’s actually perfectly normal for sinuses to produce and drain mucus down the back of your throat. In most normal conditions, you wouldn’t even notice. It’s when sinuses develop a problem that the drainage becomes an issue.

Sinus drainage can be worsened by a number of factors, such as:

If you are like many patients, you may have been misdiagnosed with one of the above described conditions, when you actually have sinusitis.

It’s important to see your primary care doctor or contact the American Sinus Institute to get a proper diagnosis.

Because of the similarity to symptoms of these and other conditions, it is important that people with symptoms of sinusitis seek prompt medical care. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to effective treatment and prevention of serious complications.

Sinusitis: Patient Health Information  (American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery)