How to Tell a Sinus Infection from the Flu

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‘Tis the season for contracting medical issues! Nowadays, self-diagnosing can be done through Google, but it’s important to take into account all of the symptoms to communicate your issue properly to your doctor. Let’s go through some symptoms that are common indicators of the flu and see how they compare to symptoms of a sinus infection.

Similar symptoms include:

  • Head congestion
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal congestion and a runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping

How to tell them apart:

With the flu, you’ll have aches and pains primarily with your muscles while a sinus infection will mainly stick to your head. With the flu, you’ll also likely have chest discomfort, nausea and swollen lymph nodes. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek a medical professional’s help. However, a sinus infection should really be treated by an ENT because they’ll be able to properly analyze the severity of infection and provide you with the appropriate treatment plan.

If you need to seek help for a sinus infection or other chronic allergy issues, make an appointment with us today!