Cold vs. Sinus Infection

iStock-453203163.jpgThe symptoms of a sinus infection and cold are very similar, making it easy to confuse the two illnesses. As similar as the symptoms are, treatment for both is quite different. Because of this, it’s important to properly diagnose what you have so that it can be treated effectively and you can heal quickly. Below are some of the main differences between a sinus infection and a cold.

Symptoms of a Cold

If you’re suffering from a cold, you will likely experience one or more of the following symptoms: sore throat, cough, headache, stuffy nose, build up of mucus, sneezing, fatigue, swollen sinuses and fever.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Much like a cold, sinus infection symptoms include headache, cough, fatigue and a stuffy nose. In addition to these, sinus infection-specific symptoms are sinus pressure, thick yellow or green mucus, bad breath and a decreased sense of smell.

Treating a Cold

Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done to treat a cold as antibiotics can’t help a viral infection. There are some over-the-counter medications that can make you feel better, although they won’t do much to treat the illness. The best way to avoid getting a cold is to get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.

Treating a Sinus Infection

In most cases, a doctor should be the one to treat a sinus infection. He or she will likely prescribe an antibiotic, although steroids, decongestants and over-the-counter mucus thinners are also used commonly to ease the pain.

If you’re suffering from cold or sinus infection symptoms and believe you should see a doctor, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

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