What does your sinus congestion look like? What is it doing? Let's look at the different types of sinus congestion.
Do you have a runny nose?
Is your head stuffed up, making it difficult to breathe through your nose?
If you have drainage, what color is it?
- Green or yellow: This color indicates an infection. See your doctor but may not necessarily need antibiotics. It could be sinusitis.
- Clear and thin: It is probably a cold, the flu or allergies.
- Thick and white or cloudy: It is most likely a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu.
- Blood-streaked: It is usually caused by ruptured blood vessels in the nose. It can occur as a result of dry nasal membranes or from blowing your nose too aggressively. Look at other symptoms to determine whether or not you should see a doctor.
Do you have pressure in your face and eyes?