You have four pairs of sinuses. They are lined with mucous membranes that help trap any dirt and bacteria that you breathe in. Sinusitis occurs when the sinuses become inflamed, often developing from a cold.
You’ll have pain and tenderness in your sinus area, a runny nose, and headaches if you’ve got sinusitis.
For mild sinusitis, over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol can be used to relieve a headache, high temperature and facial pain, whilst a decongestant spray can help unblock your nose allowing you to breathe more easily. Some find a hot cloth on the sinus area provides relief, as does drinking lots of water to thin the mucus.
Sinusitis usually takes two and a half weeks to fully recover from. Whilst you can take care of this at home, it’s best to see your GP if symptoms last longer than this.
For nasal decongestion, we recommend:
OTRIVIN OXY FAST RELIEF
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