A sinus infection or chronic sinusitis can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can mirror other issues such as a cold or seasonal allergies. While it is best to see a medical professional when having symptoms of sinusitis, it is often difficult to tell the difference. Here are some of the ways you can tell the difference between seasonal allergies vs. sinusitis.

First off, most people with seasonal allergies tend to experience them regularly throughout the year. Additionally, while allergies and sinusitis share many symptoms such as congestion, headaches, and postnasal drip, a sinus infection may include fever or more intense symptoms than allergies.

Secondly, sinusitis may contain thicker, discolored mucus. Mucus caused by allergies tends to be clear and thinner. This can be one indicator that you may have an infection instead of or on top of seasonal allergies.

Finally, allergies can actually cause sinusitis. Therefore, if you notice symptoms getting worse and they do not alleviate when away from your allergens, then it may be worth seeing a medical provider. To learn more and schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos, call us at 206-242-3696. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.