How Do You Know When a Cold Has Turned Into a Sinus Infection?

The first official day of spring is just a few days away—March 19! Who is ready?

While our team at AFC Urgent Care Ladera Ranch wishes we could say that you don’t have to worry about sickness this spring, the fact is that the cold virus can still appear and, then, turn into a sinus infection. Therefore, do what you can to help avoid getting sick this season!

How Can I Avoid Getting Sick This Spring?

With the warmer weather headed our way, no one wants to be stuck indoors.

Do what you can to prevent illness by making sure you are washing your hands frequently, avoiding being around sick people, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and not touching your face with unwashed hands. If you develop cold symptoms, steer clear of others to avoid passing the illness on.

Cold Symptoms

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches or a mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Feeling unwell

How Can I Keep a Cold From Turning Into a Sinus Infection?

The bad news is: Sometimes the common cold can develop into a sinus infection. The good news is: You can take steps to keep that from happening.

Most sinus infections occur because of the swelling of the nasal passages. Therefore, when dealing with your cold’s runny or stuffy nose, you want to make sure you care for it with ease so that it doesn’t cause the swelling that could lead to a sinus infection. When blowing your nose, make sure you do it gently, and blow one nostril at a time.

Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Postnasal drip
  • Discolored nasal discharge
  • Nasal stuffiness or congestion
  • Tenderness of the face
  • Frontal headaches
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Coughing
  • Fever

Are you feeling under the weather? Visit our medical team at AFC Urgent Care Ladera Ranch today! No appointment is needed.


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

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Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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