“Is it my sinusitis or a cold?”, how do you tell between the two? Here’s a simple, straightforward way to find out.
A cold will feature a variety of symptoms (some of which are self-self-explainatory). With this variety, you can compare whether or not you have a cold or a sinus infection.
Sinus Infection Symptoms :
Sinusitis is the medical terminology for sinus infection. Prompt diagnosis and timely treatment is crucial to prevent chronicity of the complaint.
(Quick Tip: Try to refrain touching your nose when you have a cold; use tissues! Touching your nose can lead to bacteria growth causing a sinus infection.)
- Stuffy Nose
- Increased Mucus Levels
- Sore Throat
- Swollen Sinuses
Lots of symptoms right? Now lets throw a list down of sinus infection symptoms you should be aware of.
Symptoms of Sinusitis :
- Slightly Dizzy (Getting Up / Shifting Positions)
- Decreased Ability To Smell
- Pressure Behind The Eyes & Cheeks
- A Stuffy / Runny Nose Lasting More Than A Week.
Ok loads of information and lots of leads to start with. Lets simplify what a cold is and what a sinus infection is.
Colds are one of the most known viruses out there. Everyone gets colds, but because it is a virus; antibiotics can not help. Although, your local pharmacy should have some over-the-counter meds to make you feel better. Colds will more than likely clear up within 10 days or less. Any longer, you should go to your doctor to check out the possibility of a sinus infection.
Sinus Infections :
Ok, so sinus infections are usually caused by a bacterial or fungal invasions. Some are caused by a virus or allergies. There are distinct factors between the two though (Colds & Sinus Infections). Sinus infections can get dangerous if not treated. Mucus and bacteria can back up into your nasal passages to where a “nasal drip” could cause pneumonia to form in your lungs.
(Note: To clear things up, pneumonia is a viral or bacterial infection within the lungs that cause inflammation and hardening of the air sacs due to puss.)
Ok so not a very favorable condition as you can see. Sinus infections will exhibit pressure in the cheeks and behind the eyes. Most infections are acute sinus infections and can be treated with a very simple course of antibiotics.
Hope I touched on a lot of points between the two and answered your questions! If I didn’t answer your question, leave a comment below and I will get back to you.