Is it a Cold or a Sinus Infection?

shutterstock_172537388 (1)Seasonal allergies and colds can limit daily life. The cough and sore throat may last for days; your tissue supply may dwindle. Some choose to wait the symptoms out. Stopping at the local pharmacy for medicine may postpone the doctor visit. Nevertheless, if your cold is more than a cold, you may need further intervention. Patients may come to the office for a sinus surgery consultation. To differentiate your cold from a sinus infection, consider your symptoms and how long your symptoms last.

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I am wondering if I have Sinus Symptoms?

The symptoms of both a sinus infection and a cold may include similarities. A cold and sinus infection can create headaches, stuffiness, and sore throats. Colds and infections both may turn into fevers as well. However, there are key differences between a cold and sinus infection.

The first indicator of a sinus infection is pressure. During a sinus infection, pressure builds in the nasal cavities causing discomfort around the eyes and cheeks.  Bad breath? This is yet another sign of an infection. Your body produces additional snot that drains from your nose down your throat. The effect is that sore and the unpleasant odor.

How long do Sinus Symptoms typically last?

So, you have identified your symptoms. But, how long do they last? According to Web MD, a cold may fade around the ten days. Allergies will last longer, but are usually identified by their additional symptoms like watering or itching eyes. A sinus infection can occur after a cold or season of allergies; its symptoms may affect you for a longer period of time.

Is being resistant to certain medications a sign of Sinusitis?

Yet another indicator of a sinus infection is its resistance to certain medications. Generic pharmacy medicines for the throat and nose can help alleviate the symptoms of a cold. A sinus infection, however, will require different medications. Decongestants are the most effective in easing infection symptoms. They can relieve pressure and limit pounding headaches.

After you have identified a possible sinus infection, patients can rest and try to fight the infection with those effective medications. If the sinus infection continues, a visit to your doctor may be necessary. They can provide antibiotics to fight your infection. When sinus infections continue to occur, a consultation can determine if a sinus surgery can help you.

For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.

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