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How Do I Know if I Have a Sinus Infection or a Cold?

How Do I Know if I Have a Sinus Infection or a Cold?

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How Do I Know if I Have a Sinus Infection or a Cold?

Do you find yourself sniffling and sneezing, but you’re unsure of the reason behind it? Understanding and knowing the differences between the two most bothersome sicknesses, a sinus infection, and a cold, can lead you to receive the correct treatment. 

What is a Sinus Infection?

When your nasal passages become infected, that is when a potential sinus infection could occur. The primary causes of your infection come from a buildup of viruses, bacteria, and allergies. 

Common Symptoms for a Sinus Infection

Look for some of the following symptoms if you suspect that you might have a sinus infection:

  • Decreased sense of smell
  • Pressure behind the cheeks and eyes 
  • Runny, stuffy nose that lasts more than a week
  • Worsening headache

What is a Cold? 

A cold is caused by inflammation of the membranes that line the throat and nose. A common cold can be very easily spread to others and is often spread through airborne droplets that are coughed or sneezed into the air. Colds can also be spread by touch if you come in contact with an infected surface.

Common Symptoms for a Cold

Colds can bring on a nasty combination of symptoms that cause your body to feel drained. Some of these can include:

  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing

If you are suffering from a sinus infection or cold, the American Sinus Institute can provide you with the relief you are looking for. Treating these common illnesses is a specialty of the American Sinus Institute. Contact our board-certified physicians in Otolaryngology to find out how Balloon Sinuplasty can help relieve your sinus problems.