When a doctor makes a diagnosis, he or she has in mind a list of potential ailments that may be appropriate to your symptoms. This list is called a differential diagnosis. From the differential diagnosis, the doctor can determine which treatments will best resolve your symptoms. For you to develop your own differential diagnosis, you have to think like a physician.
Following is the differential diagnosis tree for the nasal and sinus
problems associated with CAID. Each of the main causes is broken into subsections, based on the likely underlying cause of the problem. For example, we know that nasal and sinus problems can be caused by an infection, an irritation, an allergy, or an anatomical defect. If we suspect an infection, we then need to identify it by its origin: bacterium, fungus (mold), and/or virus.
As you can see, CAID is complex, and its diagnosis is multifaceted. That is why it is important for anyone who suffers from one or more limbs of CAID to be managed by a team of phy
I strongly believe that anyone who suffers from any limb of CAID is experiencing symptoms because of a genetic predisposition. In other words, CAID sufferers are easily affected by
Your role in accurately conveying your symptoms is probably the most important aspect of the diagnosis. I tell my patients all the time that they are the best resource in finding a
For you to obtain the right treatment, you need to determine which of these underlying causes is aggravating your system and causing your CAID symptoms. As you can see from the dif
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When a doctor makes a diagnosis, he or she has in mind a list of potential ailments that may be appropriate to your symptoms. This list is called a differential diagnosis. From the