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Is It a Sinus Infection?

With the arrival of fall comes the arrival of fall allergies,colds and sinus infections, but how can you tell when it’s a sinus infection and not something else?

First off, sinus infections and colds can have similar symptoms, such as a cough and a headache, but being aware of the difference is important. Here’s a list of signs that it’s a sinus infection: 

Sinus Inflammation

One of the major telltale signs of chronic sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses, which generally show up as pain and pressure in the face, specifically the cheeks. 

Discolored Mucus

Generally with a sinus infection, people have thickened mucus that is usually green or yellow. 


Sinus Drainage

Otherwise known as post-nasal drip, sinus drainage goes down the back of the throat and can get caught in the throat or even go further. If not caught early, large amounts of drainage can lead to other issues like bronchitis or pneumonia. 


With sinus drainage usually comes mucus getting stuck in the throat, leading to coughing.


One of the worst symptoms is fever. It can be hard to sleep or focus at work with a raised temperature.  

Something else to consider is drinking more water rather than coffee or dairy products. If sinus infections persist or occur more than four times a year, you might have chronic sinusitis. It’s time to see a specialist.

Our specialists at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute are highly trained and skilled in treating chronic sinusitis. One method is the balloon sinuplasty, a procedure that is less invasive than other methods, but has great results for the long-term. 
To make an appointment or to find out more information, call us at 770-740-1860, or visit our balloon sinuplasty page:

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