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Symptom Checker

Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Coughs and Colds

These symptoms most commonly result from a viral or bacterial infection or allergy. If you have symptoms that specifically suggest a bacterial infection ("acute sinusitis"), then it is important for you to see your doctor for an evaluation so that you can receive appropriate treatment.

Symptoms that would suggest a bacterial sinus infection include:

  • headache

  • fever

  • pus (murky or opaque fluid that is yellow, green, or brown) in the nose instead of clear mucus

  • a toothache in your upper set of teeth

  • tenderness of your face around the sinus areas (brow, nose, and cheeks)

  • a lump (that could be an enlarged lymph node) in your neck or near your ear.

Do you have one or more of the symptoms from this list?

Yes, I have one or more of these symptoms.

No, I do not have any of these symptoms.

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