Rhinoscopy is a method of looking into the nose and throat. While there are other methods of looking into the nose, these methods only allow the doctor to see about an inch inside the nasal cavity. A rhinoscopy allows the doctor to see almost all of the inside of the nose, throat, adenoids, and vocal chords. Here’s what you need to know about rhinoscopy and when it might be needed.
What Is Rhinoscopy?
A rhinoscope is a small, flexible plastic tube that has fiber optics to view the airway. The rhinoscope may only display the interior of the airway on a screen, or it can be attached to a camera to record the exploration for later diagnosis. When you get a rhinoscopy, your nose will be cleared with a nasal spray, then you will have another nasal spray that numbs the nose. When the scope goes in, you will be able to feel that the scope is there, but you will not have any pain. There can be some discomfort depending on the size of the nasal passages, but your doctor can compensate for this if you communicate your discomfort during the procedure.
When Is Rhinoscopy Needed?
Rhinoscopy may be necessary if you have sinusitis or rhinitis and your allergist is unsure of the cause or diagnosis. The rhinoscopy allows the allergist to see first hand how irritated or closed up the nasal cavity and airway might be to give an accurate diagnosis and determine what treatment will be the most effective. If the cause of sinusitis or rhinitis is not known, your allergist may want to do a rhinoscopy for more information.
If you have had signs and symptoms of sinusitis or rhinitis including nasal congestion, itching, sneezing, and stuffiness, you should be examined by an allergist to determine the cause and get treatment. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment.