The first step to better health is to review your results from Part One of the CAID Quiz (p. 70-71). Locate your score so that you can define your next course of action. Follow these guidelines:
■ If your score is between 0 and 10, you can treat your symptoms with OTC medications for the first 48 hours. If the symptoms persist, see your primary-care physician.
■ If your score is between 11 and 40, then you need to see your primary-care physician immediately.
■ If your score is between 41 and 80, you need to see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist.
■ If your score is 80 or more, you need to see an ENT who specializes in treating CAID or at least in treating sinusitis, allergies, and/or asthma.
Next, read the following sections about treatments. Based on your score, you can decide on a course of action. Follow the recommendations for one complete month, and then take the quiz again. If your
score does not improve after following your treatment, go to the next level of care. Your physician can recommend an ENT (otolaryngologist) who he or she feels comfortable working with. Your doctor may also recommend another type of specialist, or practioner, if necessary. Make sure that all of the practitioners who treat you communicate with each other. This is paramount in providing you with the best results possible.
I treat my patients with any level of sinus disease with various medicines in addition to antibiotics. I often use medicines in combination, depending on each patient’s unique clinical picture. Your treatment options will be based on your complete medical history, physical examination, and test results. Based on these findings your doctor will be able to prescribe a treatment plan that will work for you.