Sinusitis Or Cold Symptoms?

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between a run-of-the-mill cold and a more serious case of sinusitis. Either way can be fairly annoying to deal with. So how do you tell what the difference is between the two? Here are some key differences between a cold and those symptoms it brings, versus a case of sinusitis. Both are a very common part of life it seems, no matter where you live!

What Is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is another name for a sinus infection. This occurs when there is inflammation and swelling of the tissues that line the nasal passageways. Not only does this produce that feeling of a “stuffy nose” but it also can bring on serious pain in the facial area, radiating up through the forehead and even down into the mouth and jaw area. If you have had a sinus infection before, then you know how unpleasant they are to deal with.

It usually lasts 4-12 weeks or longer and if you are prone to them, it can become a recurring problem to deal with. That’s the main difference between a cold and a sinus infection. The sinus infection is going to last much longer. On average a cold only lasts about a week or two. No, big deal right? But when it turns into an infection, it’s going to last much longer and be harder to treat.

About 35 million Americans each year have this illness. Children can get sinusitis from just their regular allergy symptoms turning more serious. People can also get this from having problems with a deviated septum, nasal polyps, and even allergic rhinitis, which is just swelling of the nose area. Any of those can make a person more prone to getting sinus infections on a regular basis.

How To Prevent Colds and Allergies Turning Into Sinusitis

 One of the best methods of trying to prevent a more serious case of sinusitis from happening is to participate in regular halotherapy or salt therapy treatments. The way that salt therapy works is by helping to open up the nasal passageways, and to prevent inflammation in the first place in that area. When there is less inflammation, it’s naturally going to help prevent a sinus infection from happening in the first place. It’s a natural way to fight off sinusitis.

“During a typical adult session customers put their feet up in a comfortable leather chair rest or read and breathe in a dry salt aerosol. The micro particles are blown in the air by halo generators. In our separate children’s room kids play in a big sand box except with salt on the walls and floor and play while breathing in the dry salt air.”