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When you’ve got a cold everything is terrible. The days-long ordeal feels like an eternity and it’s tough keeping track of how bad things have gotten.
Rushing to see a doctor every time you sneeze is going a bit overboard but luckily there are ways to see whether your cold has evolved into something sinister. Today we’re explaining the differences between colds and sinus infections.
There’s a huge difference between measly sniffles and a monstrous case of sinusitis. I don’t mean to marginalize your cold at all but the common cold just doesn’t stack up.
Colds are viral infections. They’re known as upper respiratory tract infections because the virus attacks the nose and throat. Runny nose, cough, and itchy eyes are all part of the package. The symptoms last for about a week and if you’re lucky, you’ll be back on your feet in no time.
Sinusitis on the other hand will keep you grounded for longer. Conditions have to be just right but when they are sinuses behind your cheeks, nose and forehead become inflamed and infected.
The main thing that makes sinusitis different and worse than a cold is the length of time you’re stuck with it. Left untreated you could be sick for months with complications down the road. Symptoms common to sinusitis include:
No matter which you have, you can bet you’ll have it again. Fortunately there’s plenty of ways you can deal with symptoms and make sure there’s less of a chance you’ll go through them again. This is important because of how easily a cold can escalate from being a minor inconvenience into much more.
You’re likely to catch something if you’re hanging around people with a sinus infection. There’s only a small chance that’ll be sinusitis, though. Sinus infections are picky eaters and your sinuses have to be the right flavor of inflamed to entice it to stay a while.
Generally if you’re already sick, you’ll be prone to worsening. The solution is prevention. By keeping some of the following tips in mind you’ll increase the chances of avoiding both a cold and a full-blown sinus infection:
Raising the alarms at the first sound of a sniffle is unnecessary. By keeping an eye on some of the signs we talked about, you can make an informed decision on whether or not you need to call in a professional.
The most important thing however, is to do something about it. By trying to wait out a potential sinus infection you’re ignoring what may be causing it to happen so often.