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Do You Have a Sinus Infection or a Christmas Cold?

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“All I got for the holidays was a cold that won’t quit.”

The holiday season is a stressful time and we are all susceptible to illness, so prevention should be a part of your holiday routine… But with family obligations and the constant stream of Christmas parties, we don’t always have the time to take care of ourselves. As a result, the common cold becomes an inevitability. So how do you know when a cold becomes a sinus infection? And when should we finally go see a doctor?


What to do when you have a cold:

Instead of the usual over-the-counter relief, try to address each individual symptom on their own. Consider irrigating your nose using a neti pot and saline solution. If you’re really desperate to alleviate symptoms you can also reach for home remedies:

  • oil of oregano under your tongue
  • sitting in a steamy shower
  • fresh thyme for clear breathing  

Try to stay away from fluctuating or changing temperatures as this can affect your recovery time. Keep your throat, hands, and head covered to combat the chills. Above all, ensure an adequate intake of fluids — as well as an ample supply of rest.

When it’s been more than ten days:

If you’re still feeling horrible and it’s been around two weeks, there’s a very good chance you are suffering from a sinus infection. A sinus infection is when your nasal canal has become inflamed and swollen, and you will require antibiotics to get rid of this.

If you feel pressure behind your eyes and nose then you most likely have a sinus infection, but there are few other telltale signs it’s an infection and not a cold:

  • post nasal drip
  • yellow or green mucous
  • bad breath

Think about ways to keep you and your family healthy. Keep the stress to a minimum and remember, hand health is your best defense against a sinus infection or the common cold.

Try to be selfish this holiday season… it’s for your health!  

If you think you’re sick, don’t suffer longer than you have to; a sinus infection can last months if not promptly treated.

Dr. Nguyen is a national expert in the treatment of nasal allergies. Let us use the newest technology and our vast experience to customize a solution for your health needs. Houston Sinus and Allergy has over a decade of experience in treating nasal allergies. Our practice has won numerous awards, including being voted the Living Best of Reader’s Choice Award in 2015.

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