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Bay County, Fla. -

A common cold can turn into something more serious if it lingers.  Dr. Hatem Mourad from Coastal Urgent Care and Family Medicine says sinusitis is going around.   He explains that it occurs when the thin lining of the sinuses becomes infected.  

Dr. Mourad says symptoms include:

  • Stuffy or blocked nose
  • Thick, yellow or green discharge from the nose
  • Pain in the teeth
  • Pain or pressure in the face
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble smelling
  • Ear pressure or fullness
  • Headache
  • Bad breath 
  • Feeling tired

Dr. Mourad says to see a doctor immediately if you have the following:

  • Fever higher than 102.5
  • Sudden and severe pain in the face or head
  • Trouble seeing or seeing double
  • Trouble thinking clearly
  • Swelling or redness around one or both eyes
  • Trouble breathing
  • Stiff neck

A common question is if there are at-home treatments that can help.  Dr. Mourad recommends the following:

  • Over the counter pain reliever
  • Rinse your nose and sinuses with salt water a few times a day – Ask your doctor or nurse about the best way to do this.
  • Use a decongestant nose spray, no more than 2 to 3 days