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Lingering cold symptoms may be evidence of sinusitis

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Patients with allergies who complain of cold symptoms for more than two weeks may have sinusitis, warn allergy experts.

Allergy sufferers are also more likely to develop sinusitis, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

‘Early on, the symptoms of colds and sinusitis are similar,’ said Dr Anju Peters, chairperson of the academy’s rhinosinusitis committee.

‘But if symptoms are worsening after 3-5 days, or if they are present for more than ten days, then sinusitis is the likely culprit,’ he said.

Sinusitis is easily recognized by a green or gray nasal discharge, foul tasting post-nasal drip, facial pain/pressure or light fever. The condition can last for months, or even years, if not properly treated.

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