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Flu, sinusitis or both??
Eedie posted:
I started out Sunday with all the symptoms of the Flu. I could feel it coming on throughout the day and by the next morning I had body aches, fever, headaches, chills, fatigue, chest congestion, a deep painful cough, but with no sputum. Two days later the fever, chills, body aches and chest congestion had subsided and for my nose began getting stuffy. Now for the past two days my nose is runny and I have symptoms I usually experience with springtime tree pollen. My nose starts to burn and I feel as if I'm going to sneeze. I can feel it all through my face, my eyes begin to water, then the urge subsides. This has been going on about every 20 minutes for 2 days now and suddenly I have some nasal congestion and light yellow sinus drainage. I tried using Allegra D to help with the allergy type symptoms to no avail. Is anyone else experiencing the latter symptoms with the flu or is it possible I have had flu symptoms followed by acute sinusitis?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
Based on the information in your posting alone, you may have had the flu. The flu can set the stage for secondary infections, however, so it would not be out of the ordinary to get a sinus infection following the biological insult of havine influenza.
Every one is different when it comes to recovery time or secondary infections, so it is unlikely that another person's experience would ever be applicable to you. If you feel you have a sinus infection, that is all that matters. You would need to see your medical provider so you can be properly examined to be sure.

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