Sinus Infection or a Cold?

@Shar19 (8236)
United States
March 14, 2009 11:06am CST
I've had a headache for a couple days. My nose is sniffly and I have some post nasal dripping going on. How can I tell if I have the common cold or a sinus infection?
3 responses
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
14 Mar 09
You would know a sinus infection, they are painful. Mine usually make the upper teeth ache. Right at the moment I have a sinus infection in my right side and it is aching. I havent been to the doctor but I know I should go. It has been going on for the past two weeks, the pain is getting a little better but since I have no insurance I am putting off going to the doctor. Dumb I know.
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
Common cold usually lasts shorter than a sinus infection. It is 'cause by a virus so it doesn't require antibiotics while sinusitis is cause by a bacteria. If it lasts several weeks and if you're having symptoms like fever or facial pain, it might be sinusitis. It is much serious so you might wanna seek the doctor's help. But, if there's no low grade fever or pain, maybe it's just a common cold. A little water therapy, rest and vitamin C intake would definitely make you feel better. Get well
@marmis (70)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I just recently had a sinus infection and it was very painful. You have several sinus cavities that may feel discomfort if it is a sinus infection. My sinus cavities on either side of my nose, directly below my eyes were sore. I had taken Sudafed for a few days with no relief and then went to the doctor. They put me on a psudafedrin and an antibiotic which cleared it up within a few days. I would have to say that if you have a sinus infection, you will know it.