Along with the flu, this is the time of year for sinus infections with their make-you-miserable stuffy, runny noses and blocked ears.
Most sinus infections are caused by viruses, but bacteria can also be to blame, according to Dr. Jessica Grayson, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“When people say they have sinus pressure, they may mean nasal congestion,” Grayson said in a university news release. “Bilateral congestion could mean a person has a viral infection or an allergic reaction. Viral infections don’t pick and choose a side.”
If your sinus pressure is isolated, you might have a bacterial infection, and that means