Sinus vs. Allergy Test

Living here in Mississippi, it is often difficult to distinguish between sinus and allergy symptoms. Both allergies and sinus infections can make you feel congested making it difficult to tell them apart. Sinus infections result from blocked mucus becoming infected in nasal and/or sinus passages. Allergies are a result of your immune system reacting to substance such as pollen or dust.

The following is a list of symptoms associated with sinus infections, allergies, and colds:

SIGN / SYMPTOM SINUSITIS ALLERGY COLD
Facial Pressure / Pain Yes Sometimes Sometimes
Duration of Illness Over 10-14 days Varies Under 10 days
Nasal Discharge Whitish or colored Clear, thin, watery Thick, whitish or thin
Fever Sometimes No Sometimes
Headache Often Sometimes Sometimes
Pain in Upper Teeth Sometimes No No
Bad Breath Sometimes No No
Coughing Sometimes Sometimes Yes
Nasal Congestion Yes Sometimes Yes
Sneezing No Sometimes Yes

If you continue to have any of the above symptoms after medical treatment, please call our office to set up an appointment at 601-709-7700.