Products that can give relief from acute sinusitis at home

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Sinusitis is a condition where there is inflammation of a sinus. This can be painful and give you a congested ‘blocked up’ feeling. Symptoms include nasal discharge of green/yellow mucus, a feeling of mucus in the back of your nose or throat, high temperature, feeling tired and unwell, bad breath known as ‘halitosis’ and a reduced sense of taste and smell. Most cases of sinusitis are caused by viral infections following a cold or flu-like illness. Acute sinusitis specifically means that the infection develops quickly and usually lasts a short time. Most cases of sinusitis last for 7 days but it is not unusual to last 2-3 weeks and should resolve completely within 12 weeks. Here are some of the things you can try to relieve the symptoms.

What You'll Need

  • Painkillers
  • Nasal decongestant - your pharmacist can advise you
  • Warm facecloth or flannel
  • Saline rinse – your pharmacist can advise you
  • Lots of fluids like water

What You'll Do

  • Start a trial of painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen to help with the pain and also any temperatures that you may have. Most people can safely take paracetamol, however it may be worth checking with your local pharmacist that you can safely take ibuprofen., as there are certain conditions, like asthma, where this should be avoided. If these are not controlling the pain, then I would suggest you speak with your GP.
  • You can try a nasal decongestant spray if your nose is blocked. You can buy these from most pharmacies and your pharmacist can advise you, however their use should be short term only and limited to 5-7 days at a time. If they are used longer than this, they may cause rebound congestion in the nose.
  • Warm face packs placed over the sinus area may help relieve any pain.
  • Saline rinse or nasal drops, again which your pharmacist can advise you on, can also be useful to help the congestion.
  • Keeping hydrated can also be helpful, so drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest.
  • Steam inhalation is a traditional remedy but is now not usually advised as there has been little evidence it helps and also there has been reports of burns. Some people do say their nose feels clearer for a short time after a shower or bath, so you may want to give this simple yet effective trick a go!

Tips & Warnings

  • I would suggest seeing a doctor if symptoms become severe or do not ease within a week (however as mentioned, it is common to take 2-3 weeks for symptoms to completely resolve). You should also consult with a doctor if you are experiencing severe pain and or swelling of the face, bloodstained discharge from the nose or if you have recurring bouts of sinusitis, as this may indicate an underlying problem.
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