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How To Know If We Have An Allergy Or Sinus? Should I Consult With An Ent Or An Allergist?

Discussion in 'Health Issues' started by gknew, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. gknew

    gknew Gold IL'ite

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    Hi all,
    I am 33years old. I am catching cold and throat pain often. I am catching cold, running nose, congestion whenever i go in the cold air or if i drink or eat anything cold. I also get throat pain along with cold. The throat pain will end up as strep throat. I am not diagnosed for any allergies or sinus yet.

    I went to a physician few months back in India and he ordered a PNS x-ray.
    After the x-ray, the doctor didn't say anything and was in a rush to see other patients. He just told me to take medicines for 5 days and told me to come back for allergy test after 2 weeks. I didn't go back as I don't like the way he treated .

    So, i would like to know if i really have Sinus or any other allergy issues. This is the first time i have taken PNS x-ray and i really don't know how to read from that image? please let me know if anyone know how to see/read PNS x-ray image?

    Now I am in the US and I would like to see a doctor here. I am not sure whom should I consult here? Should I first go to PCP and get a referral? Or can I go directly? Whether the ENT office will check for allergies too?
    Thanks for reading my post. Any input is really appreciated.
     
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  2. balakrish

    balakrish Platinum IL'ite

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    Go to your PCP first.
     
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    gknew Gold IL'ite

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    Thank you so much for your reply.
    But most of the PCP's here prescribe some medicines or telling us to take otc medicines. I don't know if only my PCP does that.
     
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    Mina7 New IL'ite

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    It depends on your insurance.
    Do you need a referral to see a specialist ?
    If you do you may have to see PCP first

    If you don’t u can see ENT - they usually have an allergist in the practice and can refer you to them depending on your symptoms
     
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    Thank you so much for the reply.
    I have to check with my insurance.
     

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