Relieve sinusitis with these few things

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Sinusitis means inflammation of the sinuses which are the air filled spaces just above nose on the forehead and either side of the nose, top part of the cheek bones. Within this air space is a thin mucous lining and sometimes this becomes blocked and can cause pain, and if infected can produce smelly nasal discharge which you may taste or blow out. The condition can be classified as acute, which is sudden onset or chronic where symptoms have been present for more than three months. In the acute phase symptoms can last from 1 week to 2-3 weeks and can be distressing for the patient but only time will heal this. The main symptoms include a fever, green or yellow nasal discharge, blocked nose, pain around the sinus areas, headache and or an unpleasant taste/smell in the mouth or nose. The pain may be worse when leaning forward and can sometimes radiate to the teeth. The majority is caused by a virus in which case the treatment is generally self-limiting, if symptoms persist for over one week it is best to be reviewed by your own GP for an assessment for antibiotics as some cases are caused by a bacteria. If there is severe pain and fever, blood strained discharge or swelling around the eyes or face, please see someone sooner. There are some things you can try to help relieve the symptoms and often these are trial and error as somethings may work for some but not for others:

What You'll Need

  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Plenty of water
  • Paracetamol/Ibuprofen
  • Nasal sprays (consult your pharmacist)
  • Warm pack

What You'll Do

  • Boost your natural immune system with plenty rest, fluids, vitamin and zinc intake.
  • There are some simple painkillers over the counter you can try including paracetamol and ibuprofen (with food).
  • For the blocked sinuses you can trial some simple steaming (be careful of burning yourself) and some nasal sprays decongestant for use for up to 1 week.
  • Sometimes a warm pack placed on the sinus areas can also relive symptoms. Nasal irritation with warm saline solution may also help.

Tips & Warnings

  • For chronic or recurrent sinusitis, specialist input referred by your GP may be required for further imaging of the area and the discharge/pus may be cultured to see what bug is causing the symptoms.
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