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Matching your symptoms to a condition

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When you have a common symptom like a stuffy nose or congestion, you don't always know what condition you have. Are those symptoms part of a cold, flu, allergic rhinitis or sinusitis? It is not always easy to know. Refer to the chart below to match your symptoms with the following conditions.

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SymptomColdFluAllergic Rhinitis Sinusitis
CongestionYesYesYes
CoughYesYesYes
DizzinessYesYesOccassional
Sore throatEarlyMildYesYes
Runny noseYesYesYes
Stuffy noseYesYesYes
SneezingYesYes
Nasal dischargeMay be thick and yellowCloudyThin and clearThick, yellow-green
Duration5-7 days2-3 weeksEpisodicPerpetual if not treated
Generalized aches and painsYes, often severeMild
SweatingYes
Extreme exhaustionEarly and prominent
Fatigue/weaknessMildPronouncedMildMild
FeverHigh (102-104), lasts 3-4 daysLow grade
HeadacheRareYesYes
Itchy nose/eyes/throatYes
Seasonal patternYesYes (Winter) YesYes
HoarsenessYesYes
Facial painYes
Bad breathYes

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