ENT health entails the ear, nose, and throat. Before meeting up with your ENT specialist, you need to be prepared. The following steps will guide you in preparing for your appointment, especially if you are about to consult a sinus doctor.
Book the Appointment
The first step is to call and book an appointment. Ensure you have your insurance information and referral information when you book the appointment.
Ask Questions Beforehand
When booking the appointment, ask if there’s anything you should come with and inquire about prepping for the appointment. Be keen on the instructions and recommendations that the staff give you.
Write Down Your Symptoms
Note down all symptoms you have been experiencing, including those unrelated to sinuses. On each of the symptoms indicate the period of occurrence and whether they are temporary or permanent.
Medication and Allergies
Write down any medication you have been taking and any allergies you have. Do not forget to include any supplements or vitamins you have been taking. This is crucial information to the doctor when choosing a treatment plan for sinus relief.
Bring a Close Friend or Family Member
On the particular appointment day, it is advisable to bring a friend or a family member with you. This helps keep you calm and release the tension during the appointment.
Ask Questions and Refer to the Notes You Wrote
Interact with the doctor freely and clearly. Remember to refer to your notes when a doctor asks about your symptoms, medication, or allergies.
Be Ready for a Physical Examination
The doctor will have to examine your sinuses using a handheld instrument to observe the inside of your ears, nose, and throat. In extreme cases, the doctor may have to use a nasal endoscope and a thin, lighted video camera. Therefore you should be mentally prepared for any physical examination procedures that the doctor might suggest.
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Being ready for a doctor`s appointment makes it easier to identify a problem and suggest an appropriate treatment. Take the leap and be prepared.