"Allergies: Sinus pressure, nasal congestion and runny nose may occur during an allergy flare. The nasal discharge in allergies is usually clear and watery. The symptoms can be treated with an increase in allergy medications.
Colds: An upper respiratory infection, commonly known as a cold, usually last about 10-14 days, and is often accompanied by other symptoms of illness such as a sore throat, thick, colored nasal discharge, fever and muscle aches. Decongestant medications and sinus washes are helpful in relieving s
Sinus Infections: Sinus infections can cause a headache and pressure in the forehead or around and under the eyes. Nasal congestion and colored discharge is also a common symptom. A virus or bacteria can cause a sinus infection. Many sinus infections are over-treated and resolve in the same amount of time without an antibiotic. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics. Decongestant medications and sinus washes are helpful in relieving symptoms of a cold or a sinus infection. A physician can do a nasal smear, a microscopic examination a sample of nasal mucous to help determine the cause and recommend a course of treatment."