All about SINUSITIS
You have four pairs of sinuses. They are lined with mucous membranes that help keep your nose from drying out. The mucus helps trap any dirt and bacteria that you breathe in. That’s if nothing gets in the way. Unfortunately cold sufferers may develop an inflammation of their sinuses that can lead to sinusitis.
Symptoms you may suffer from:
- green or yellow discharge from the nose
- pain and tenderness around cheeks, eyes and forehead
- blocked nose
- high temperature (fever)
How to prevent
Sinusitis is caused by too much mucus, or a swelling of the lining of the sinuses, which can block the narrow channels. It's usually the result of a cold or flu virus, an allergy or irritant that causes the membranes of the sinuses to become inflamed. As sinusitis is often brought on by a cold or flu virus, preventing infection is one of the best ways to prevent sinusitis. Preventing a cold begins with cleaning your hands regularly. And when you think about it, that’s a healthy habit to get into any time, as is staying fit to help your immune system fight off infection. You might also want to avoid crowded places where the risk of catching someone else’s cold may be higher.
How to treat
In most cases, sinusitis takes about two-and-a-half weeks to clear up (longer than a cold). For mild sinusitis, over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used to relieve a headache, high temperature and facial pain or tenderness, whilst a decongestant such as Otrivin® can help unblock your nose.Additionally, there are some simple things you can do at home to help such as regularly using a saline solution to clean out your sinuses and allow them to drain; this technique is known as nasal irrigation. Other recommendations include applying a warm pack to your face and drinking sufficient fluids.
A bacterial infection can occur on top of the viral infection, in which case antibiotics may be required.
See your GP if your symptoms don't improve after seven days, if they're getting worse, or if your sinusitis keeps coming back.
What we would suggest
Otrivin® Menthol Nasal Spray
- Instant menthol freshness
- Acts in 5 minutes
- Long lasting relief
Combines the instant freshness of menthol with the power of Otrivin’s® decongestant.
Otrivin® Clear with Seawater & Eucalyptus Nasal Spray
- Clears a blocked nose naturally
- Suitable for long term use
The natural alternative to the Otrivin® medicated range. It contains a unique seawater formulation that draws out congestion for fast, effective relief, naturally.