Sinus Infection Symptoms vs COVID

Sinus Infection or COVID

Does COVID-19 feel like a sinus infection?

Sinusitis (sinus infections) and COVID-19 share some similar symptoms, which can create some confusion when trying to determine the root cause of an illness.

Mucus in your throat during COVID-19?

There are some key differences between the two conditions.

One of the biggest differences is the onset of post nasal drip (the overproduction of mucus in the back of your throat) with a sinus infection.

What causes a sinus infection

Post nasal drip often accompanies a sinus infection and is considered a symptom of other illnesses and conditions, such as the common cold or seasonal allergies. (For more detailed information on the causes, symptoms, and treatment, read What Is Post Nasal Drip?)

However, post nasal drip is not typically associated with COVID-19.

Another key difference is the onset of sinus pain and pressure.

Sinus infections are often accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and blockages in the sinuses, resulting in pain and pressure. This is also the source of most sinus infection headaches.

However, sinus pain and pressure are not typical symptoms of COVID-19.

Below is a list of the symptoms for a sinus infection vs COVID-19.

Symptoms Of A Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)

That are Common with COVID-19:

  • Stuffy/Runny Nose and Nasal Discharge
  • Sinus Pain or a Burning Nose (Sinuses)
  • Sinus Congestion and Headaches
  • Coughing and Sore Throat
  • Loss of Sense Of Taste or Smell

That are Uncommon with COVID-19:

  • Possibly A Fever
  • Overproduction Of Mucus In Throat
  • Bad Breath
  • Irritation and Swelling Around The Eyes
  • Post Nasal Drip
Symptoms for COVID-19

Symptoms of COVID-19

That are Common with Sinusitis:

That are Uncommon with Sinusitis

  • Fever, Chills, and Muscle Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
  • Difficulty Breathing, Shortness of Breath

COVID Headache vs Sinusitis Headache

What does a COVID headache feel like?

  • A COVID headache is commonly reported to be moderate to severely painful. It is often reported to occur on both sides of the head and is accompanied by a pulsing. COVID headaches typically occur with the onset of the virus and last for about 3-5 days (although they can last longer).
  • A sinus infection headache is typically reported to occur in the sinuses and forehead area. It may also be accompanied by a pulsing but is more likely to be “dull” and “throbbing.” Sinus infection headaches can also be reported as severe and are sometimes classified as migraines.

If you are concerned about your health and are experiencing symptoms of a sinus infection or COVID-19, please consult your physician immediately for professional advice. If you’re looking for State specific information on COVID-19, please consult the US Government State Health Website.

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