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Is it a cold, sinus or allergies?

Let’s face it.  You feel miserable with a stuffy nose, nasal discharge and cough. But what is it?  There are overlapping symptoms between the common viral cold, sinus infections and allergic rhinitis (aka hay fever).

This little chart can assist in sorting out the problem:

Sign/Symptom

Sinus Infection

Allergy

Cold

Facial Pressure/ Pain

Yes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Duration of Illness

Over 10-14 days

Varies

Under 10 days

Nasal Discharge

Thick, yellow-green

Clear, thin, watery

Thick, white or thin

Fever

Sometimes

No

Sometimes

Headache

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

Upper Tooth Pain

Sometimes

No

No

Bad Breath

Sometimes

No

No

Cough

Sometimes

Sometimes

Yes

Nasal Congestion

Yes

Sometimes

Yes

Sneezing

No

Often

Yes

While this information helps, if your symptoms are worsening, severe or persistent, call your doctor or                     Dr. Khiani at Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care and schedule an appointment. Relief is available!

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