Cold or Sinusitis?

  Young woman with sinus pressure pain.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, sinusitis is the number one chronic illness for all age groups in the United States. Sinusitis, also called a sinus infection, is an inflammation of the lining of the nose and sinuses. The infection can be bacterial or viral, causing extremely unpleasant side effects. However, many people and parents are unaware of the presence of a sinus infection because the onset of symptoms can mimic a cold. Knowing what to look for in the symptoms of sinusitis can help you get the relief you need as early as possible.

Many people often mistake cold-related symptoms for sinus issues and vise versa. Most of the time, colds and sinusitis begin with the symptoms of a runny nose, congestion, and a slight fever. At the onset of these symptoms, it is difficult for people to know precisely what they are dealing with. However, time will tell. Colds typically run their course in five to seven days. The symptoms related to colds also generally begin to lessen about four days from the time they started. Any time symptoms linger for more than a week, it is most likely that you are dealing with more than just a cold.

The most common sinusitis symptoms are cold symptoms that do not improve after the first seven days, fever, worsening congestion, dental pain, ear pain, tenderness in the face, headaches, and foul breath. Many people also develop upset stomachs because the nasal congestion drains into their stomachs and is difficult to digest. When the condition persists or is experienced multiple times throughout a year, a diagnosis of chronic sinusitis is highly likely. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis of a sinus infection to know what treatments will best benefit you.

If you have been dealing with a persistent “cold” or stuffy nose accompanied by headaches and sinus pressure, there is a good chance you are suffering from a sinus infection. Contact Dr. Greg Levitin today if you are experiencing severe symptoms. We look forward to providing you with relief.