(BlackDoctor.org) — Did you know that a cold can actually morph into a sinus infection? Because they each tend to have overlapping symptoms, it can be difficult to tell them apart – and to figure out how an effective treatment.
Even though it can be challenging, knowing some of the basics can help you figure out what you need to do to feel better faster.
Is It A Cold?
The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus. Cold symptoms usually build slowly over the course of a day or two, peak by days three or four, and then slowly improve around the fifth or seventh day.
With a cold, there’s a cluster of symptoms including:
- Nasal congestion
- A run-down feeling
- Runny nose with clear discharge
- Sore throat
- Post nasal drip (nasal fluid dripping down the back of the throat)
- Fever is uncommon with colds in adults but can be seen in children
Colds may be accompanied by a cough and headache and last three to seven days with or without any treatment.
Treating Cold Symptoms
There is no cure for the cold (yet), and treatment for a cold involves supportive care to help control symptoms and provide comfort.
Drink Water. The more water you drink, the more it hydrates you.
Take Medicine. Though there is no cure for the cold, medications to make you more comfortable can also help. A decongestant may decrease drainage and open the nasal airways, making breathing easier. Pain relievers can reduce fever and relieve headache. Cough medications may help suppress coughs or expel the mucus that’s causing the cough.
Eat well. Drinking herbal tea with lemon and honey, as well as chicken soup, are popular cold aids that not only provide even more hydration, but important vitamins and minerals that help your body fight off the infection.
If you’re not sure what medicine to take, consult with your doctor or a pharmacist for advice.
How Can A Cold Turn Into A Sinus Infection?
Sometimes colds can set in the sinuses and cause swelling, which prevents the flow of mucus. These colds can actually turn into a sinus infection.