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Dry nose Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Dry nose. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had problems with dryness inside the nasal passages?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. Are there simple reasons for the dry nose?

    Why: e.g. windy conditions, hot dry weather conditions, air travel (because the air in planes is dry), air-conditioning (air conditioners remove moisture from the air) and home heating.

  3. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, primary biliary cirrhosis, diabetes insipidus, Raynaud's phenomenon, systemic sclerosis, chronic active hepatitis and vasculitis may all be associated with Sjogren's syndrome.

  4. Medication?

    Why: e.g. antihistamines, lung bronchodilators such as ventolin, drugs that contain atropine and isotretinoin for severe acne may cause a dry nose.

  5. Symptoms of Primary Sjogren's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. dry eyes, dryness of the mouth, dryness of the nasal passages, skin or vagina. This syndrome may be associated with many systemic conditions such as Raynaud's phenomenon, difficulty in swallowing (as seen in systemic sclerosis), painful joints (like that seen with systemic lupus erythematosus), thyroid disease, myasthenia gravis, primary biliary cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, renal diabetes insipidus, renal tubular acidosis and vasculitis.

  6. Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis?

    Why: e.g. joint pain, swelling, deformity and morning stiffness. It may also cause a number of systemic symptoms including carpal tunnel syndrome, anemia and enlarged spleen. 15% of people with Rheumatoid arthritis have a secondary Sjogren's syndrome which comprises dry eyes and dry mouth and may also cause dryness of the nasal passages.

  7. Symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis?

    Why: e.g. itchy skin, jaundiced (yellowing) skin - may be associated with Sjogren's syndrome.

  8. Facial rash?

    Why: may suggest Lupus erythematosus (which may be associated with Sjogren's syndrome).

  9. Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?

    Why: e.g. sequential discoloration of the digits from pallor to blueness to redness upon exposure to cold. When fingers become red they are painful. Raynaud's phenomenon may be associated with Sjogren's syndrome.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dry nose:

The following list of conditions have 'Dry nose' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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