Can Covid Be Mistaken For A Sinus Infection?

Covid-19 and sinus infections do share some similar symptoms. Therefore, this can lead to anxieties, especially for those who suffer from frequent or chronic sinus problems. Let’s take a closer look at the question, “Can Covid be mistaken for a sinus mistaken?”

It is possible to mistake Covid for a sinus infection. However, a medical professional, especially an ENT is unlikely to do so because while they do share symptoms, there are some distinct differences. First, let’s look at the similar symptoms. Both Covid and sinus problems can cause symptoms such as: 

  • Fever
  • Cough (though Covid-19 will likely cause a dry cough and sinusitis a wet cough)
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath (rare with sinusitis but possible in severe cases)

However, from there, the differences become more prominent. Covid-19 does not commonly present with common sinusitis symptoms like facial pain, facial swelling, and bad breath. Additionally, sinusitis does not usually present with Covid-19 symptoms like stomach pain/issues, chest pain, and chills/aches

It is possible to have both Covid-19 and a sinus infection at the same time. Also, some sinus problems such as seasonal allergies or more severe conditions may cause symptoms that look more like Covid. If in doubt, always take a Covid test and see a Seattle ENT like Dr. Santos if it comes back negative.

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