How can I be sure I have a sinus infection? Treatment success depends upon accurate diagnosis as sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and a viral upper respiratory infection ( URI or common cold) often present with similar symptoms.

The  short list of questions below can often distinguish an acute sinus infection from allergies and URI infection: The symptoms below need to last for longer than 10 days to count!
1. Facial pressure/pain?
2. Nasal congestion or stuffy nose?
3. Headache pain (forehead or around the eyes)?
4. Low grade fever (99-100 degrees)?
5. Pain in the upper teeth?
6.Thick yellow-green nasal discharge persisting all day long?
7. Bad breath? 
If the answer is yes to three or more of the above questions, you probably have sinusitis from either  bacteria, or a response to certain allergens or fungus. 

  

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