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How is a nose disorder diagnosed?

Nasal disorders are often diagnosed by the basic symptoms observed by you and your doctor. If further testing is needed to confirm a particular diagnosis, your doctor may perform a nasal endoscopy, which uses a tube and camera to look inside the nasal cavity. A computerized tomography, or CT scan, may be ordered to look at the nasal cavity and sinuses. Blood work and allergy tests may help to confirm triggers for symptoms that may be indicative of problems like lupus and asthma. In some cases, more extensive tests for smelling, motility of the fine hairs (cilia) in the nose, or the ability to breathe through the nose may be ordered.

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