Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?

April 11, 2017 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

454955385.jpgDo you know the difference between a cold and a sinus infection? The length of time you have symptoms of watery eyes, a stuffy nose or sneezing is a great indicator to what’s causing your congestion.

Cold (typically improve without antibiotics within 10 days or less) Symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Stuffy nose
  • Mucus buildup
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen sinuses
  • Low-grade fever in adults, higher in children

Sinus Infection (may require medication) Symptoms:

  • Sinus pressure behind the eyes and cheeks
  • Runny or stuffy nose that lasts more than a week
  • Worsening headache
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue

Acute infections go away on their own or after a simple course of antibiotics. If you think you have a sinus infection, see your doctor.

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Source: Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection? Matt McMillen. WebMD. April 14, 2017.


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