Few things can put a damper on someone’s day(or couple of weeks, for that matter) like being sick with the common cold. You are sneezing, coughing and all stuffed up. You think to yourself “this is a really bad cold, but it just won’t seem to go away!” That is because, while it might have started out as a cold, there is a very good chance it has changed into something else.
When a person has the common cold, they are typically infected with a virus. This normally leads to nasal congestion, runny nose, post-nasal drip, headache fatigue, cough and even a mild fever. Sounds pretty bad already; so what does it change into? Well, as if very often the case, when a cold refuses to go away, there is a very good chance that it has become a sinus infection.
The common cold can cause swelling in the sinuses, which are the hollow spaces in your skull that connect with one another. When this happens, the swelling can prevent the flow of mucus, which is known as a sinus infection, or medically speaking sinusitis.
Sinusitis is the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinus. When they become blocked, as opposed to be filled with air normally, they fill with fluid, germs, bacteria viruses and even fungus, all of which can lead to infection.
Like most ailments, doctors have deemed it important to further divide the different types of sinus infections a person can get based on the duration of symptoms present. An acute sinus infection last for a short amount of time and is usually part of a cold or allergies. Chronic sins infections, however, are classified as those that last for more then eight weeks or continue more frequently.
It is important to note that it isn’t only the common cold that can be the catalyst for sinus infections. Allergic rhinitis (swelling of the lining of the nose), nasal polyps (small growths in that lining), or a deviated septum (a shift in the nasal cavity) are all other potential causes for this unpleasant diagnosis.
Sinus infections, like all maladies, are much quicker in dismissing when detected early. Bearing that in mind, we have decided to provide you with 10 of the most common signs that you have a sinus infection, because it is important to know when its time to take a cold seriously.
Coming in as one of the most annoying, unpleasant, gross, and yet incredibly common symptoms of the infection is nasal discharge.
As mentioned earlier, when the sinus becomes infected, the tissue walls begin to swell, and fluid begins to pool inside. Due to the infection, you will have to blow your nose more often and the result is a greenish-yellow discharge that comes from your infected sinuses and drains through the nasal passages.
When faced with a cold or sinus infection, it is always prudent to carry around some extra tissues to save yourself some potential embarrassment down the road. Many sufferers often find temporary relief in over the counter decongestants or by taking hot, steaming showers to alleviate discomfort. In some instances, your doctor might prescribe something stronger.