How to differentiate between Sinus, Common Cold, and Allergies

Sinus, common cold, and allergies are the allergic diseases which are similar to each other and sometimes it very confusing to differentiate between the three. Sinus a sac or cavity in any organ or tissue, or an abnormal cavity of the passages caused by the destruction of tissue and when these sacs get filled with air they can cause pain and other problems.

It is inflation and swelling of the tissues lining the sinuses and this disease is known as sinusitis or sinus infection. Sinus symptoms are similar to common cold and other allergies. The common cold is the disorder of the respiratory tract and it is caused by viruses. The common cold is transmitted by infected air droplets or by direct contact with persons. Allergies are the involuntary reaction of the body against the unwanted substances which enter the body and these substances are known as allergens. Allergies symptoms also similar to a common cold, but allergy symptoms and signs disappear as soon as the allergens are out of the body.

How to differentiate between Sinus, Common Cold, and Allergies

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Allergy Symptoms and Signs

Common cold symptoms like a cough, sore throat, sneezing and a runny nose are very common. The common cold has no cure and it gets over in a few days by using any medication provided by the doctor. Symptoms of sinuses include facial pain or pressure, stuffed up nose, runny nose, loss of smell and cough or congestion. These are the symptoms which persist common in sinusitis and these symptoms in the infected person always.

Sinus is a disorder caused by the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses and it is triggered by allergens, illness from another infected person, and smoke in the environment. Smoking is also responsible for triggering the appearance of sinus symptoms in the person.

The symptoms of common cold or allergies disappear in a few days, but symptoms of the sinus persist for a longer period until and unless proper treatment procedures are not followed.

Treatment of Sinus

There are various allergic treatment methods available for sinus and follow your doctor instruction properly. Sometimes the doctor recommends decongestant and saline nasal washes and used it as prescribed by the doctor. If antibiotics are prescribed by the doctor, then take these antibiotics for 10 to 14 days and symptoms usually disappear with treatment. A Vaporizer can also help in treating of sinus symptoms. Sometime sinusitis requires surgeries for treatment. There are some home remedies for soothing the pain of sinus. If the reason behind your sinus are allergies than doctors may recommend an antihistamine and in case of fungal infection, antifungal medicine is prescribed. If the reason behind sinus is immune deficiencies, then the doctor may prescribe immunoglobulin.

Treatment of allergic reactions

The common cold is a viral infection, hence there are no treatments for common cold, but there are medicines and treatment methods which help in treating the symptoms of common cold. During cold take plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids and take the medicine which is prescribed by your physician and in a few days, the symptoms will disappear. There are various allergens which can cause allergies and so there are various treatment methods for allergies. Treatment of allergies requires proper diagnoses of the disease and the doctor can prescribe the exact medicine for your disease. Once the correct allergen is determined, it is very easy to cure and the patient is advised to stay away from the allergen as sometimes some allergen may trigger harmful and life threatening conditions in your body.

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Symptoms of common cold, allergies, and sinus are similar but it can be easily differentiated, so consult your doctor and take proper medication for each of the conditions. Sinuses are sometimes triggered by common cold and allergies and symptoms of the sinuses last longer than ten days and common cold gets cured within 7 to ten days.

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