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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


Allergic rhinitis

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

Adapted from University of Virginia School of Medicine 1

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References: 1. University of Virginia School of medicine. Rhinology & Sinus Surgery. [online]. [cited 2018 May 29]. Available from URL

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