Is it Sinusitis or COVID-19?

Written by on August 19, 2020 in Health with 0 Comments

In the past, if you started feeling a sickness coming on, you might have shrugged and thought, “Oh, great, a cold.” Perhaps you also thought, “Please, don’t be another bout of sinusitis.”

But these days, if you feel yourself coming down with something, you may have graver concerns. “Could it be COVID-19? Please, just be another round of sinusitis.”

Right now, a lot of people are wondering how they can tell whether they are experiencing coronavirus or regular sinus infection symptoms. How do you tell the difference?

In this article, we will answer that question. But first, here is a quick tip. If you want to take care of your overall sinus and respiratory health, consider taking a highly rated supplement like BREATHE Sinus & Lungs Respiratory Health by Eu Natural.

A supplement like BREATHE will not prevent or treat coronavirus, but it contains ingredients like Quercetin, Nettle Leaf, Boswellia, and Butterbur which are good for your nasal passages. It also contains no artificial ingredients, fillers or binders.

Now, let’s talk about differentiating between COVID-19 and sinus infections.

Some Symptoms Overlap Between Coronavirus and Sinusitis

There are some symptoms which may appear commonly with both COVID-19 and sinusitis. These include:

  • Fever
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Reduced taste
  • Reduced smell
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches

Shortness of breath is not all that common with mild sinus infections, but can show up when they become more severe.

As to the coughs, a wet cough is more likely to be a sinus infection. Usually, with coronavirus, you get a dry cough.

I have seen some sources say that the last four symptoms on the list above (reduced taste, reduced smell, fatigue, and body aches) would point towards coronavirus, not sinusitis.

But all four of these symptoms can appear with a sinus infection as well, particularly the chronic variety.

This does not mean you should assume that you have a sinus infection. Hopefully, that is all it is, but it is still better to be safe than sorry and consult a doctor.

Symptoms Common With Sinusitis But Rare With COVID-19

What makes it easier to engage in differential diagnosis are the symptoms and signs which differ between sinusitis and coronavirus.

Let's take a look at some symptoms which we can readily associate with sinusitis, but which thus far have not turned up that frequently with coronavirus.

  • Facial pain
  • Halitosis
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal drip
  • Runny nose
  • Stiff neck
  • Swelling in the eye area
  • Changes in vision

Note that changes in vision are not all that common with sinusitis, but do happen. They can also be associated with migraines, though, and COVID-19 could trigger a migraine.

The presence of the symptoms above does not prove that you do not have coronavirus. As WebMD points out, “The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 doesn’t commonly cause sinus pain and congestion. That said, we’re still learning about this new virus, so it’s possible that some people may develop sinus problems.”

But if you have symptoms like these and not like those below, it does make sinusitis a more likely diagnosis.

Symptoms Common With COVID-19 But Rare With Sinusitis

The following symptoms may show up with COVID-19, but are not likely to show up if you have a sinus infection:

  • Pink eye
  • Digestive symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Blueness in the face or lips

If you have these symptoms, particularly in conjunction with those listed above, it is significantly more likely that you could have coronavirus and not just a sinus infection.

In Doubt, Call a Doctor

It is easy to feel panicked these days at the first sign of sickness. But with the symptom lists above, hopefully you can find some reassurances.

Nevertheless, if you think there is any possibility you have COVID-19, you should consult with a doctor and quarantine yourself.

WebMD says, “During the coronavirus outbreak, anyone with respiratory symptoms, even including cold symptoms, should self-isolate for at least 10 days since your first symptoms appeared. If you have sinus pain and congestion and no other symptoms, chances are it’s a common cold or allergies, but it’s best to be extra careful.”

So, look out for the well-being of those around you and practice isolation protocols. With any luck, you will be back to feeling like yourself soon.

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