WHAT IS SINUSITIS?
SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
WHAT IS AN ALLERGY?
Antihistamines can help relieve the symptoms of an allergy by halting the release of histamine in the body and therefore, stop all the symptoms that this chemical causes.
WHAT IS A SINUS INFECTION?
Sinus infections or sinusitis occurs when there is inflammation or swelling of the sinuses, which are the four pairs of air-filled cavities located at the front of the skull that connect directly to the nasal passages. As the lining of the sinuses swell, it becomes more difficult for the mucus to move through the sinuses, affecting drainage of these areas, which can cause discomfort, congestion and pain. Sinus infections are usually caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi. Approximately 90% - 98% of colds, flu and sinusitis are caused by viruses, and produce symptoms like a runny nose, headache, congestion and coughing. A sinus infection can also cause thick yellow or green mucus in the nasal passages, which is not generally the case for allergic rhinitis. Most sinus infections are viral and therefore, clear up on their own in about a week or two. However, there are certain medications available that will help you get better faster, such as Sinupret. Sinupret is the no.1 prescribed colds, flu and sinusitis treatment by South African doctors.
With the winter season already here, it is important to be able to distinguish between a sinus infection and an allergy as this can help you choose the best medication to treat your condition. Remember that it is also important to visit your healthcare provider for more information or if you are unsure of your symptoms.
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