Typically, one might make an appointment with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat) doctor when experiencing symptoms such as a stuffy nose, loss of smell or signs of nasal polyps. For more advanced procedures and cases related to conditions to the nose, it might make more sense to specifically see a rhinologist.
What Rhinologists Treat
Rhinologists treat any condition related to disorders of the nose. Most commonly, this may include:
- Acute and chronic Sinusitis
- Seasonal and environmental allergies
- Post-Nasal Drip
- Facial pain and pressure
- Loss of smell or taste
- Nasal and tear duct blockages
- Nasal drainage
- CSF Leaks
- Sinonasal and pituitary tumors
Rhinologists must complete at least an additional year of training through fellowships. Most rhinologists also partner with other physicians and surgeons to treat complex conditions.
Should You See a Rhinologist?
This screener should give you more of an idea as to whether you need to schedule an appointment with a rhinologist:
- Do you have trouble breathing in one or both sides of your nose?
- Do you experience a runny nose often, even if you don’t appear to have a cold or other symptoms?
- Do you experience pain or pressure in your sinuses more than once a month?
- Do you have a history of frequent sinus infections?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, you should schedule an appointment with a rhinologist as soon as possible.
Our specialists at South Valley Ear, Nose & Throat are just a phone call away and ready to treat you with compassionate care.