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Understanding Sinusitis

Sinusitis, often known as a sinus infection, involves the inflammation and swelling of the sinus linings. While it's common and usually resolves on its own within a few weeks, lingering cases might benefit from medical intervention.

What are Sinuses?

Sinuses are air-filled spaces behind your cheekbones and forehead, playing a role in filtering and humidifying the air you breathe. They produce mucus to trap particles like dust and bacteria. Sinusitis occurs when inflamed sinus linings prevent proper mucus drainage, leading to discomfort.

Causes and Symptoms

Sinusitis can stem from viral infections, less commonly bacterial infections, and occasionally from an infected tooth or fungal infections. It may be acute or chronic, with long-term cases often linked to allergies, nasal polyps, smoking, or a weakened immune system.

Here are the symptoms of sinusitis organized in side-by-side bullet points for easier comparison between general symptoms and those specific to children:

General Symptoms:

  • Blocked nose
  • Green or yellow nasal mucus
  • Facial pain
  • Sinus headaches
  • Fevers
  • Toothache
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Bad breath

Symptoms in Children:

  • Irritability
  • Mouth breathing
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Nasal-sounding voice

Managing Sinusitis at Home

For mild sinusitis, home remedies like rest, hydration, over-the-counter pain relief, and nasal decongestants can offer relief. A warm compress and nasal cleaning with saline solution can also be beneficial.

How Church Pharmacy Can Assist

With our NHS Pharmacy First Service, Church Pharmacy's pharmacists are ready to support you with sinusitis concerns. If your symptoms persist for over 10 days, involving issues like a blocked or runny nose, facial pain, or reduced smell in adults (or coughing in children), our team can help.

We provide convenient video consultations—just call us at 01509 357 999, no need to visit in person. We can offer advice, and when suitable, prescription medicines for those over 12 in England, making it easier to manage minor health issues without a GP visit.

Remember, if symptoms are severe, persist beyond three months, or are accompanied by worrying signs like meningitis symptoms, severe headaches, or vision changes, seek immediate medical attention or consult your GP.

For expert advice and treatment options, contact Church Pharmacy today. No appointment is necessary, however, please be mindful that during busy times, availability may vary if you don’t have a booking.

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