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How Do I Know If I Have a Sinus Infection or a Cold?

Spring is in the air, and yet we're still seeing tons of cases of the common cold. Why?

Well, though fall and winter are often known as “cold and flu season,” they aren't the only time of year you can get sick! That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care Southcenter wants to offer some info about the common cold and sinus infections.

Can I Catch a Cold in the Spring?

Unfortunately, you can catch a cold at any time! While you might more commonly think of a cold occurring only during the colder months, you can even get a cold in the middle of the summer.

Therefore, it is important to do everything you can to prevent illness year-round, such as washing your hands regularly, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and not touching your face with your hands. If you begin to experience cold symptoms, steer clear of contact with others to avoid spreading the viral infection.

Symptoms of a Cold

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

Is My Cold Now Turning Into a Sinus Infection?

It's possible. A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the nasal passages are irritated and swell. This can occur for a number of reasons, including seasonal allergies and the common cold.

While symptoms of a sinus infection are similar to those of a cold, if you have a sinus infection, you are more likely to have face-related symptoms. That's because the sinuses are located directly behind the facial structure.

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

  • 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 Southcenter today! No appointment is needed.