A cold and a sinus infection have many overlapping symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between\u00a0the two. But, there are a few unique indicators of each condition. Look out for them to help you figure out\u00a0which one you have and when to see a\u00a0doctor.\nWhat is the Common Cold?\nThe common cold is caused by a virus that infects the nose and throat. It is the most commonly occurring illness in the world, and the leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. A cold\u00a0typically lasts between 7 to 10 days.\nNo treatment is necessary for a cold. Certain over-the-counter medications, like cough medicine and pain relievers, can help relieve symptoms of a cold.\nCommon Cold Symptoms\n\nRunny nose\nNasal congestion\nPost-nasal drip\nCough\nHeadache\nFatigue\n\nWhat is a Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?\nA sinus infection, or sinusitis, is the inflammation or swelling of the sinuses. Sinus infections are caused by either a bacteria or virus. A sinus infection usually lasts a few weeks. It develop from a worsened common cold, allergies, and rhinitis (inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose).\nSinus Infection Symptoms\nIn addition to cold symptoms, a sinus infection also causes:\n\nPain around the face and eyes\nGreenish or yellow mucus\nChest discomfort\nMild fever\n\nMost sinus infections resolve on their own in two weeks. Over-the-counter medication can help relieve symptoms of a sinus infection, but they do not speed up the recovery process.\nVisit your doctor or an urgent care doctor\u00a0if you don\u2019t see any improvement after a week, your symptoms worsen, or symptoms recur frequently. Antibiotics may be prescribed in some cases when symptoms are not resolving.