What is sinusitis?
Sometimes referred to as a sinus infection, sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the lining of the sinuses. The sinuses are small, air-filled cavities behind the cheekbones and forehead. The function of the sinuses is to drain mucus through to your nose, but sinusitis can cause them to become blocked due to the swelling.
Sinusitis is usually caused by an infection. It is common in the UK and usually clears up on its own within two to three weeks, although it can become a chronic condition.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
The most common symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Nasal congestion – one of the most prominent symptoms is a stuffy or blocked nose. The congestion can make it difficult to breathe through the nose.
- Facial pain or pressure – many people with a sinus infection experience pain, pressure or a feeling of fullness in the face, more so in the forehead, cheeks and around the eyes.
- Sinus headache
- Nasal discharge – the infection can lead to discharge from the nose. This can be yellow or green in colour.
- Reduced sense of smell and taste – due to nasal congestion and mucus build-up, some people with sinusitis may notice they are unable to smell or taste.
- Bad breath – the accumulation of infected mucus can cause bad breath.
- Fever – in some cases, a high temperature may occur.
What causes sinusitis?
The most common causes of sinusitis are:
- Viral infections
Acute sinusitis can often be triggered by viral infections, such as the common cold or flu. Viruses cause inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages which can lead to congestion and discomfort.
- Bacterial infections
Bacterial sinusitis may follow an unresolved viral infection.
A sensitivity to airborne allergens like pollen, dust mites, pets and mould spores can lead to a sinusitis.
- Structural abnormalities
Physical blockages or structural issues with the nasal passage can impact proper drainage of the sinus. These include a deviated septum, nasal polyps and enlarged adenoids.
- Environmental irritants
Exposure to irritants such as tobacco smoke, air pollution or other chemical irritants can cause inflammation of the nasal passage.
- Dental infections
Infections of the teeth can sometimes extend into the sinuses leading to sinusitis.
How to treat sinusitis
Sinusitis can vary from person to person, and therefore the best course of treatment will differ depending on the underlying cause and the severity of the infection.
It is possible to treat mild cases of sinusitis yourself at home by:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Taking over the counter painkillers (do not give aspirin to children under 16)
- Avoiding allergic triggers and/or taking antihistamines
- Not smoking
- Cleaning your nose with a saltwater solution
If you are struggling with the symptoms of sinusitis and you find that the above remedies are not making a difference, you can visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy for advice and further sinusitis infection treatment.
Our pharmacists are highly qualified to recommend effective over-the-counter medicines for sinus infections, including decongestant nasal sprays, drops or tablets.
As part of the NHS Pharmacy First Service, our pharmacists are also able to provide prescription medication, including over the counter antibiotics for sinus infections, without you needing to book an appointment with your GP. The sinusitis treatment recommended will depend on the severity of your symptoms, how long you’ve had them for, and existing medications and medical conditions. Our pharmacists will assess your symptoms so that they are able to recommend the most suitable course of treatment for you, as well as provide guidance on how to safely take the medication.
Why visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy to treat sinusitis?
There are many reasons why you should visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy to treat your sinusitis. The NHS Pharmacy First Service means our highly trained pharmacy team are now able to provide you with effective sinus infection medicine and nasal congestion treatments.
Here’s why you should come along to a Day Lewis Pharmacy near you:
- Easy and convenient: With over 260 pharmacies up and down the UK, you’re never too far away accessing expert advice and effective treatments from our pharmacy team. Simply visit your nearest pharmacy location to benefit from our fantastic service.
- Effective treatments: Our team are readily available to help relieve your sinusitis symptoms. We can recommend both over-the-counter and prescription-strength sinusitis medication so that you’re able to feel better in no time.
- Trusted advice: The extensive knowledge and experience of our pharmacy teams means they are able to offer their trusted advice about sinusitis and which treatments might work best for you.
If you are suffering from the symptoms of sinusitis, then visit your local Day Lewis Pharmacy today or book online today.