skip to Main Content

Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis can often seem like the same thing. Here is a table to help you compare your symptoms:

Comparison of symptoms of sinusitis and allergic rhinitis

Sinusitis

Allergic rhinitis

Facial pain or pressureYesSometimes
Duration of illnessMore than 10-14 daysVaries
Nasal dischargeThick, yellow-greenClear, thin, watery
FeverSometimesNo
HeadacheSometimesSometimes
Pain in upper teethSometimesNo
Bad breathSometimesNo
CoughingSometimesSometimes
Nasal congestionYesSometimes
SneezingNoSometimes

Adapted from University of Virginia School of Medicine 1

Find out more about allergic rhinitis.

woman sneezing into tissue
Read More

Find out more about sinusitis.

woman rubbing temple and upper sinus region near eye
Read More

References: 1. University of Virginia School of medicine. Rhinology & Sinus Surgery. [online]. [cited 2018 May 29]. Available from URL https://med.virginia.edu/otolaryngology/information-for-patients/rhinology-sinus-surgery/.

Back To Top