What is sinusitis?

Sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the sinuses. It’s usually caused by an infection, is very common, and for most people clears up on its own within 2-3 weeks. If you’re finding it’s taking longer than this, medication can help. Sinusitis usually happens after you’ve had a cold or the flu.

If you think you may have sinusitis, you can speak to one of our pharmacists for free, over a secure video call.

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Symptoms of Sinusitis

Common symptoms include:

  • Pain, tenderness or swelling around your eyes, cheeks or forehead
  • A blocked up nose
  • A sinus headache
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Green / yellow mucus
  • A high temperature
  • Toothache
  • Bad breath

Symptoms in young children may also include:

  • Irritability
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Sounding nasal
  • Breathing through their mouth

What are my sinuses?

Your sinuses are small, air-filled spaces that surround your nasal cavity, behind your cheekbones and forehead. They filter and humidify the air you breathe. They also make mucus, which helps sweep out dirt, germs, pollen, and dust.

How do I treat sinusitis?

Treatment at home

  • Rest
  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Take painkillers
  • Clean your nose with a salt water solution to help congestion
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How Our Pharmacists Can Help

  • Our pharmacists can advise if you need any over the counter meds like decongestant nasal sprays, or saline solutions
  • They will also be able to tell you if you need to see your GP.

If you think you have symptoms of sinusitis, book a free secure video consultation with one of our pharmacists. We can work around your schedule. And we can issue and deliver any prescriptions straight to your door within 24 hours (nationwide), or same day (London).

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