Posted on Nov 28, 2016 1:46pm PST

Because the symptoms of allergies, sinus infections, colds, and the flu often overlap, it can be difficult to determine what your condition is and how you can best treat it. For the most part, people with these issues commonly experience fatigue, phlegm, fever, congestion, itchy nose, and difficulty sleeping. With a sinus infection, however, there are a few unique symptoms to watch out for, which can help you properly treat the problem and find the relief you need.

Here are 5 signs you might have a sinus infection:

Long-Lasting Cold Symptoms

Sinus infections typically start as common colds, but symptoms such as stuffiness, a sore throat, fatigue and other signs of sickness usually dissipate after a few days. If symptoms are not improving or are getting worse, your cold might have turned into a bacterial infection.

More Mucus

As sinus infections develop, they can increase congestion. This means there may be a lot more mucus, a lot of which may be discolored.

Post-Nasal Drip

Post-nasal discharge happens when there is an excess production of mucus that accumulates in the throat, creating the sensation that mucus is dripping down from the back of the nose.

Coughing that Sounds Phlegmy

Having a deep, phlegmy cough is common in people with sinus infections. You might also be coughing up mucus, which is known as a “productive” cough.

Congestion, Pressure, and Pain

Congestion and stuffiness is a common symptom, but significant pressure in the sinus area that causes pain or headaches could be an indication of a sinus infection. Sinus pain can range in severity and some people may feel pain behind the eyes, or between the eye and the nose.

Get the Relief You Need!

Recognizing common signs of a sinus infection can be helpful, but there is no substitute for getting a proper diagnosis and treatment from trusted specialists. At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our Board Certified specialists have extensive experience treating patients with sinus issues and a range of other conditions. You can learn more about finding the best treatment for you by booking an appointment online or contacting us today. We serve the Atlanta metro area and beyond from multiple office locations.