You're sneezing, coughing, and all stuffed up. It sounds and feels like a cold, alright. But as time goes on, you start to wonder. Is it turning into a sinus infection?
They've got some things in common, but there are ways to tell them apart. The right ID lets your doctor get you the best treatment.
What Is a Common Cold?
It's an infection caused by a virus, a tiny living thing.
You can't miss the symptoms:
Post-nasal drip (drop-by-drop release of fluid from your nose into the back of the throat)
You may also get a cough and a mild fever. The symptoms usually build, peak, and slowly disappear. Some medications can ease symptoms. For example, decongestants may decrease drainage and open the nasal passages. Pain relievers may help with fever and headache. Cough medicine may help, as well.
Colds typically last from a few days to about a week or longer.
Sometimes, a cold may cause swelling in the sinuses, hollow spaces in your skull that are connected to each other. The swelling can prevent the flow of mucus.