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Sinusitis and Loss of Senses

A sinus infection occurs when the mucous membranes lining your nose, throat, or ears become inflamed due to a bacterial or viral infection. If the infection is viral, you will likely experience a loss of your sense of smell and taste.

Though the reasons can vary, the main reasons that people lose these senses when they come down with a sinus infection are:

∙ Injury of the specialized nerve tissue at the top of the nose

∙ Nerve damage in the higher smell pathways in the brain

∙ The fallout from a previous viral upper respiratory infection

But is it Sinus Infection or COVID.

Overlapping symptoms can make it very difficult to determine whether one has a sinus infection or a COVID-19 infection, or even pneumonia symptoms or other ENT conditions.

Common symptoms of each include:

Sinus Infection

∙ Runny nose or cold symptoms that last longer than seven to 10 days

∙ Complaints of drip in the throat from the nose

∙ Headaches

∙ Facial pain or pressure

∙ Bad breath

∙ Cough

∙ Fever

∙ Sore throat

∙ Swelling around the eyes, worse in the morning

COVID Infection

∙ Body aches

∙ Congestion or runny nose

∙ Cough

∙ Fatigue

∙ Fever or chills

∙ Headache

∙ Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

∙ New loss of taste or smell

∙ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

∙ Sore throat

For more information, including topics such as variants and travel advisories, please visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.

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