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Is It a Cold or a Sinus Infection?

Are the sniffles coming out to play this December? Just say no!

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham wants you to know how you can tell the difference between a cold and a sinus infection so that you can get treated and back on your way to enjoying all the festivities of the holiday season!

What Is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection occurs when there has been inflammation and/or swelling within the lining of the sinuses. There are a number of reasons for the sinuses to become inflamed, such as colds, seasonal allergies and a deviated septum.

While not usually life-threatening, sinus infections should be seen by a physician as soon as possible since they can develop into more serious conditions.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

  • Sinus pressure behind the eyes and the cheeks
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Stuffy nose
  • Bad breath
  • Postnasal drip
  • Fatigue

What Is a Common Cold?

A common cold is a viral infection that affects your upper respiratory system, usually attacking the nose or throat. In most cases, the cold is less severe than a sinus infection and it typically doesn't cause symptoms that feel like they're located behind the face.

Because a common cold is a viral—not bacterial—infection, it cannot be treated with antibiotics. You must let it run its course.

Symptoms of a Common Cold

  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches
  • Mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever
  • Malaise

Are you feeling under the weather? Visit AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today for a medical evaluation.

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