Posted on Apr 25, 2016 3:56pm PDT

Whether it’s sneezing, wheezing, coughing, or sniffling, allergies can make any great day a nightmare, especially if these allergy symptoms grow into something much larger, like a sinus infection!

Now, it is important to understand that allergies and colds are not the same, but the two may have similar symptoms. Colds, unlike allergies, develop when persons are infected by tiny viruses. Allergies, on the other hand, are triggered by allergens, which can vary from person to person. That being said, the symptoms of either a cold or allergies may grow into a much worse condition like a sinus infection.

When to Contact an Allergist

If experiencing any of the following symptoms, especially during the spring season, it is important to contact an experienced allergist right away.

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Sinus Infection Symptoms

If symptoms worsen, or if the following symptoms begin to develop, allergies may have evolved into a sinus infection:

  • Extreme pressure around the eyes and face
  • Yellow, thick discharge from the nose
  • Cough
  • Fever

According to medical sources, sinus infections can be caused by conditions that block off the drainage channels of a person’s sinuses. This means that a simple cold or allergies can lead a person to develop a sinus infection if the symptoms are not remedied immediately.

Our Allergists Can Provide Sinus Treatments That Work

Villa Rica staff picture | Center for Allergy and Asthma of GeorgiaAt Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our Atlanta allergists are experienced in helping patients suffering from nasal congestion, chronic cough, nasal discharge, and facial pressure. Many of our patients who suffer from serious allergies, which trigger sinus infections, undergo allergy immunotherapy, which has been found to reduce a patient’s number of infections by up to 90%.

For more information about allergy symptoms or chronic sinus infections, get in touch with our team at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia right away. We offer complete allergy evaluations to determine which methods can help patients breathe easier in the quickest amount of time possible.

To speak with an Atlanta allergist, call our office or fill out a free form online. We have offices in various areas to best serve your needs!