Apr, 06


Go to a doctor! I don’t know Dr. Richard Rosenfeld, the lead author of the “practical guidelines” for diagnosing your own ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems. With the exception of one huge flaw, I know that I’d like him. He is paving the way for you and I to self diagnose. I’ve done this my entire adult life and the Internet made it much easier. If you’re brand new at understanding health, I don’t recommend self-diagnosing, but I do like where Dr Rosenfelt is going in trying to educate us. “Trying” to educate us, in this case, exposes the one huge flaw. His information on self-diagnosing sinus infections, according to The Mayo Clinic, is just plain wrong.

In an article published on April 1, 2015 (April Fools Day-maybe it's a spoof!) in NPR entitled Diagnosing A Sinus Infection Can Be A DIY Project, Dr Rosenfelt teaches us how to understand if our chronic sinusitis is due to a virus or bacteria. Yet a major study done by The Mayo Clinic in 1999 discovered that “nearly all” chronic sinusitis infections are fungal, not viral or bacterial. Like Dr. Rosenfeld, I believe that antibiotics are overused and he is trying to curb that addiction with his DIY approach. I appreciate his efforts, but not his facts.

Unfortunately, the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENT) has now published his “practical guidelines” for all ENT doctors to read.

If you're a doctor who doesn’t know fungus, you sometimes guarantee continuation of misery in your patients.