Sinus Infections vs. COVID

Waking up with cold symptoms can be concerning, especially since COVID-19 made itself known. Although it is a good idea to start quarantining as soon as symptoms present, there is a chance you have a sinus infection rather than COVID. Understanding the difference between the two sicknesses can help to ease your mind.

AFC Urgent Care Short Hills can help treat sinus infections as they are diagnosed. Our providers can also conduct COVID-19 tests for all patients in need. Visit our center today to get your symptoms checked out.

Symptoms of Sinus Infection

sinus infection can include various symptoms. Some will experience numerous symptoms, while others will only have one or two. The most common experiences with a sinus infection include the following symptoms:

  • Cold symptoms lasting more than a week
  • Runny nose
  • Postnasal drip
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Pressure in the face

Given the number of respiratory issues on the symptoms list, a sinus infection is commonly mistaken as COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID

If you’ve been to a medical facility in recent months, you are likely aware of the COVID-19 symptom list. Getting screened for COVID typically requires you to inform someone if you have had any new symptoms within the last couple of days. If you have not been screened for the virus, the following list is the symptoms that can result from COVID-19.

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Congestion

As you can deduce, the obvious COVID-19 symptoms that do not align with a sinus infection include body aches, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of taste or smell. However, if you experience any of the previously listed symptoms, it is best to visit AFC Urgent Care Short Hills to receive a COVID test.

Treating a Sinus Infection

A basic sinus infection does not usually require a prescription. However, more severe cases may require a doctor’s visit for antibiotics. If you choose to treat your sinus infection at home, there are a few things that you should do.

Remember to stay hydrated and well-rested. Water and good sleep are imperative in beating an illness. If you find it difficult to sleep while congested, try sleeping in a more upright position. You can also sleep with a humidifier in the room. Sitting in the bathroom with the shower running on hot can also be helpful. Over-the-counter medications, such as nasal spray, assist in decongesting.

Getting over a sinus infection can take some time. Nevertheless, you will heal much faster if you give your body the rest it requires. By taking care of yourself now, you can go back to your normal routine faster.