How bad are your sinuses?
Sinusitis is one of the most common complaints presented in physician office visits. Over 30 million people are affected in the United States each year, with an annual direct and indirect cost of over six billion dollars. It is one of the main reasons for prescribing antibiotics and lost worker productivity. Chronic rhinosinusitis is also a common reason for surgery, with hundreds of thousands of sinus surgeries performed each year in the United States.
Specific instruments to measure quality of life related to rhinosinusitis have been developed by the need to better assess the effects of the disease on patients, and the effectiveness and impact of different treatments options. The Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT) questionnaire was created for this reason and has been widely used in research studies.
Below you will find a list of symptoms and social/emotional consequences of your rhinosinusitis. To find out your score, simply answer the following questions to the best of your ability. There are no right or wrong answers, and only you can provide us with this information. Please rate your problems as they have been over the past two weeks.
When you are done, add up the total score and compare to the following stratification scores:
Mild Sinusitis: 8-20
Moderate Sinusitis: 21-50
Severe Sinusitis: over 50