Symptoms of sinus infection are very similar to those of the common cold. However, when due to a cold virus, such symptoms typically improve in 1 to 2 weeks. If you continue to have nasal symptoms that linger after having a cold, then you may have developed a sinus infection.
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Symptoms of sinus infection may include:
Most experts believe that sinus infection does not cause chronic headaches. However, alteration in sinus pressure associated with weather changes might provoke headaches in susceptible people.
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