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how can i tell the difference between a sinus infection and a bad col? i also have a history of pneumonia and bronchitis

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Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Snot, pain, temp CMD: Cold can cause fever, headache, stuffy nose, clear to light colored discharge. Sinus infection more likely days into a cold; often with face or dental pain (often 1 sided), thicker, yellow/green nasal discharge. Both can have cough, ear pain/discomfort, ear symptoms, vertigo. Sinus often after cold, improvement, then worsening again. Plane travel, scuba risk. Given pulm hx: call ur doc.
Answered on Oct 9, 2017
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Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Cold versus Sinus: The difference between an cold and a sinus infection is how long the symptoms last. A cold generally lasts 3 - 7 days. If "cold" symptoms persist beyond ten days, that's likely sinusitis. Most episodes of sinusitis follow the common viral upper respiratory infection, a cold. Symptoms longer than ten day, go see your doctor.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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