Cold vs. sinus infection

May 07, 2021
Monday Health Minute
1 min read


While the symptoms may be the same (watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, etc.), there are ways to tell if you have a cold or something more serious, such as a sinus infection. 

  • A sinus infection is caused by the nasal passages being infected.
  • In addition to cold-like symptoms, sinus infections also produce additional symptoms such as a fever, headache, pressure behind the eyes/cheeks and fatigue, among others.
  • If you feel you have a sinus infection, you should see a provider right away.
  • Mount Nittany Physician Group Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialists welcome new patients of all ages — with next and even same-day appointments available.

To learn more, visit or call 814.466.6396 to schedule an appointment.

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