Headache, fever, runny nose and malaise are the usual symptoms of a common cold or flu. When these symptoms persist for more than 10 days it is possible that the cold may have become a sinusitis.
If flus are not well taken care of, they can lead to the infection that causes sinusitis. The sinuses located behind the forehead, the nasal bones, cheeks and eyes will swell, as stated by the University of Rochester medical center.
So if you are suffering a cold, keep in mind the following tips to avoid major complications:
• Do not use any drugs or techniques that inhibit the normal flow of flu symptoms. Secretions and sneezing are the ways in which your body expels the disease.
• Avoid sudden changes in temperature.
• Rest and take whatever measures are necessary in order to control your flu in a timely fashion so as not to give way to more severe symptoms.
• The usual duration of a cold or flu is up to one week. If symptoms persist beyond that time frame, consult with a physician who can assess whether you are suffering from sinusitis.
Sinusitis brought on by a badly cared for flu usually lasts no longer than 4 weeks, and is considered an acute crisis. It is not necessary to treat this type of illness with antibiotics, it will disappear on its own with some basic care.
When symptoms, although with a milder intensity, persist for more than 12 weeks, you may be suffering from a chronic sinusitis that occurs in response to a bacterium or fungus, which will likely require treatment with special prescription drugs to attack the infections.