NHS Sinus Infection Treatment

Sinusitis is a prevalent condition that affects millions of individuals worldwide, causing discomfort and disruption to daily life. Luxtons Pharmacy in Exeter, through the NHS Pharmacy First scheme, offers essential support and treatment for sinusitis. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the intricacies of sinusitis, exploring its symptoms, causes, and how Luxtons Pharmacy can provide effective NHS Sinus Infection Treatment.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis refers to the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. The sinuses are air-filled cavities located behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes. Normally, these cavities are filled with air, but when they become blocked and filled with fluid, bacteria, viruses, or fungi can grow, leading to infection.

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Symptoms of Sinusitis

Facial Pain and Pressure: One of the hallmark symptoms of sinusitis is facial pain and pressure. This discomfort is often felt around the eyes, forehead, nose, and cheeks.

Nasal Congestion: Difficulty in breathing through the nose due to congestion is another common symptom. This congestion can lead to a reduced sense of smell and taste.

Discoloured Nasal Discharge: Sinusitis can cause nasal discharge that is yellowish or greenish in colour due to the presence of infection.

Coughing: A persistent cough, particularly at night, may develop as a result of postnasal drip – when mucus drips down the throat from the back of the nose.

Fatigue: Sinusitis can cause fatigue and general malaise, making it difficult to carry out daily activities.

Fever: In cases of acute sinusitis, a fever may develop as the body’s immune system responds to the infection.

Causes of Sinusitis

Sinusitis can be caused by various factors, including:

Viral Infections: The common cold and influenza viruses can cause inflammation of the sinuses, leading to sinusitis.

Bacterial Infections: Bacterial sinusitis often occurs as a complication of a viral infection when bacteria invade the swollen sinuses.

Allergies: Allergic reactions to pollen, dust mites, pet dander, or other allergens can trigger inflammation of the sinuses, resulting in sinusitis.

Nasal Polyps: These noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passages or sinuses can block the nasal passages, leading to chronic sinusitis.

Deviated Septum: A deviated septum, a shift in the nasal cavity’s wall, can obstruct sinus drainage and contribute to sinusitis.

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NHS Sinus Infection Treatment at Luxtons Pharmacy

Luxtons Pharmacy, as part of the NHS Pharmacy First scheme, offers accessible and effective treatment for sinusitis. Our trained pharmacists can provide expert advice and recommend suitable over-the-counter medications to alleviate symptoms and promote recovery. Here’s how we can help:

Nasal Decongestants: Over-the-counter nasal decongestant sprays or drops can help relieve nasal congestion and promote drainage.

Pain Relievers: Nonprescription pain relievers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can help alleviate facial pain and headaches associated with sinusitis.

Saline Nasal Irrigation: Nasal saline irrigation can help flush out mucus and allergens from the nasal passages, providing relief from congestion and promoting sinus drainage.

Antihistamines: For sinusitis caused by allergies, antihistamines can help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms such as nasal congestion and sneezing.

Steam Inhalation: Inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water or using a steam inhaler can help moisten the nasal passages, relieve congestion, and promote sinus drainage.

Antibiotics: In cases of bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics may be prescribed by a healthcare professional to clear the infection. Luxtons Pharmacy can provide advice on antibiotic use as part of the NHS Pharmacy First scheme.

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Sinusitis can significantly impact one’s quality of life, but with the right treatment and support, relief is possible. Luxtons Pharmacy in Exeter, through the NHS Pharmacy First scheme, offers accessible and effective NHS Sinus Infection Treatment to help individuals manage and overcome sinusitis. Whether it’s expert advice, over-the-counter medications, or prescription antibiotics, our trained pharmacists are here to provide the support you need to feel better and get back to enjoying life to the fullest. If you’re experiencing symptoms of sinusitis, don’t hesitate to visit Luxtons Pharmacy for professional guidance and care.


This blog post was written on behalf of Luxtons Pharmacy by Pharmacy Mentor.