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During the winter months, runny noses and coughs are all too common. However, it’s important to be aware of signs and symptoms that could indicate a more serious issue. What might look like a harmless runny nose could be a sign of a sinus infection. Read below to find out how to tell the difference between a normal cold and s sinus infection.
The signs of a sinus infection start with cold symptoms. When your child begins to develop a cold, monitor his or her symptoms. The following indicators may tell you that your child has transitioned from a cold to an infection.
Mucus is a sure sign that a cold has taken over your child’s health. When the color of the mucus changes from clear to a thick yellow or green, it’s often a sign of a sinus infection.
Mucus exists all the time, not just during cold season. The liquid contains a protein which works to fight infections and protect the body from allergens, bacteria, and viruses. However, when fighting a cold, the thin layer of mucus gets thicker as a way of fending off the attack.
When dealing with an infection, the color will change from clear to yellow or green. The change in color is due to a greenish colored enzyme produced by white blood cells. The enzyme works with the mucus and causes the discoloration.
There are some steps you can take to relieve symptoms of s sinus infection.
When home remedies aren’t enough, and your child has been experiencing symptoms for 10-14 days, it may be time to seek a medical help. Visit Dr. Nguyen to find an effective solution for your child.