Cold, Flu, or Sinus Infection?
Winter. It is the time of questioning. Specifically, it’s the time of asking, “What is wrong with my nose?”
As a Los Angeles sinus surgeon, I frequently address issues of flu and sinus infection in this space because it remains a big source of confusion for many of the patients we see at the Los Angeles Sinus Institute. Most people naturally assume that symptoms like congestion and headaches are simply the flu at work, but beware of becoming too cavalier: sinus infections are serious business.
The medical team at Fox News recently addressed the perennial question of how to distinguish cold from flu from sinus in a well-written article. Money quote:
“If they have a fever, if the headache tends to be more extreme or if they lost their sense of smell, then it sounds to me like a sinus infection,” Field said.
Why should you care? Because left unchecked, sinus infections can spread through the mucosa and eventually turn dangerous, even life-threatening. It is essential to make an appointment with an experienced ENT if you suspect your symptoms may be more severe, or longer-lasting, than normal. Repeated sinus infections can require corrective surgery, so it is wise to seek out medical assistance from a surgeon who can help resolve your symptoms.
Still questioning? Please don’t hesitate to contact my Los Angeles sinus surgery offices for a consultation today.