How do I tell the difference between an allergy and a sinus infection?

Tough to determine. On symptoms alone, but bacterial sinusitis is way overdiagnosed and some studies suggest that antibiotics don't hasten resolution that much anyway. If you've got to know, a sinus ct is as definitive as it gets.

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sinus infection and allergies?

Rhinosinusitis. By saying allergies i suppose you refer to allergic rhinitis when you have seasonal sneezing spells, watery and itchy eyes and nose. Sinusitis and rhinitis are usually go together due to their anatomical proximity and they share the same mucus membrane lining. Sinusitis tends to cause more headache, sense of heaviness and fullness and sometimes affecting your sense of smells. Read more...

How can you tell the difference between the common cold, allergies or sinus infection in a four year old?

Sometimes hard as... ...They can share some qualities, so it is important to see your doctor. Allergies are associated with sneezing, clear stringy nasal discharge and watery eyes; sinus infections may have fever, purulent nasal discharge and facial pain, with a cough usually worse at night and early morning, and symptoms lasting more than 1 week. A cold may have a fever as well and usually resolves in a week or less. Read more...

Allergies or a sinus infection, what's the difference?

That is a million. dollar question! In theory - allergies are cause by environmental triggers and cause inflammation. A sinus infection is caused by a bug - virus, fungus or bacteria. Many sinus sufferers have allergies - but not all. Some chronic sinusitis is caused by very narrow anatomy in sinus cavities. Careers have been made trying to answer these questions effectively in a given person. Read more...

How can you tell if you have a cold, a sinus infection or allergies?

Timing, pain. Colds cause most sinus infections, so it probably isn't a sinus infection until you've had it for 10 days or so. I'ts unlikely but not impossible to start having allergies at your age (35). Allergies have a source, such as a new season (grass season is just starting in my area). Allergies will not directly cause pain. They will cause a scratchy throat, sneezing, watery, swollen eyes sometimes. Read more...
Not easy. A cold is a runny nose and is caused by a rhino-virus. Occasionally chills and fever accompany this. Allergy may present with a runny nose, but is frequently accompanied by watery, itchy eyes and frequent sneezing. Sinusitis, is a more serious infection which can be caused by both a cold and allergy but is usually associated with pain and pressure in the face, headache and purulent nasal mucus. Read more...

How can you tell if you have a sinus infection or just bad allergies?

Not easy. Since both may be associated with nasal congestion. Sinus infection however usually involves one side and may be associated with headaches, lightheadedness, and dark green nasal discharge from the involved side. Allergy usually involves both sides of the nose and may be associated with yellow but not dark green discharge. Itchy eyes is present point to allergy. Read more...

How to know if I have sinus allergies or a sinus infection?

Symptoms. Allergy sneezing, runny nose , clear drainage watery eyes itchy eyes and nose no fever. Sinus infection tender sinus especially if in the maxilla ( cheek) or frontal in the forehead, thicker drainage possible fever possible thick sputum of color with cough. Read more...

I have allergies or a sinus infection, what do you recommend?

Supportive Care. Most over the counter cold remedies have medications that should help with both of these symptoms. If you have known allergies or highly suspect them, it would help if you can identify where you are getting exposed. Stay well hydrated. Most of these are self- limiting diseases and get you should feel better once they run their course. Read more...
Sinusitis. Most sinus infections are viral and should be treated with over the counter decongestants and sinus rinses. If you have sinus pressure, thick nasal discharge, +/- fever for longer than 10 days, I recommend seeing a healthcare provider. If your resistance is low or you have recurrent sinus infections, you may have contracted a bacterial infection as well requiring antibiotics. Read more...

What to do if I have head cold, sinus infection, allergies or combination?

Supportive Care. Most over the counter cold remedies have medications that should help with all these symptoms. If you have known allergies or highly suspect them, it would help if you can identify where you are getting exposed. Stay well hydrated. Most of these are self- limiting conditions and you should feel better once they run their course. Read more...