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How to cure sinusitis?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Sinusitis, or a sinus infection, can make life miserable with symptoms like congestion and facial pain. Thankfully though, there are some simple things you can do at home to relieve pain and discomfort.

How to cure a sinus infection

Sinusitis tends to get better by itself within 4 weeks, which can be a bit daunting if your symptoms are particularly painful. 

Here’s what you can do to feel better faster:

Get plenty of rest:

Allow your body ample time to recuperate by getting plenty of rest. Adequate rest can help boost your immune system’s ability to fight off the infection.

Drink lots of fluids:

Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, herbal teas, and clear broths. Hydration helps thin mucus secretions, making it easier to expel and relieving congestion.

Use a salt water nasal spray:

Using a saline nasal spray or a neti pot to rinse your nasal passages can help clear mucus and debris, providing relief from congestion and promoting sinus drainage.

Take a painkiller:

Over-the-counter painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen can help alleviate facial pain, headaches, and fever associated with sinusitis. Always follow the recommended dosage.

Avoid allergy triggers:

Identify and avoid triggers that may exacerbate your sinusitis symptoms, such as pollen, dust mites, or pet dander. Minimising exposure to allergens can help prevent symptom flare-ups.

Stop smoking:

If you smoke, consider quitting or at least refrain from smoking during a sinus infection. Smoking irritates the nasal passages, worsening inflammation and prolonging recovery time.

When to see your pharmacist

If symptoms continue to persist or get worse, book an online consultation with a pharmacist who’ll be able to give you advice, recommendations or even give you a prescription to help you feel better – without seeing a GP.

Frequently asked questions about sinusitis

How to treat sinusitis pain?

To treat sinusitis pain, use salt water nasal sprays, apply warm compresses, stay hydrated, and consider over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen.

How to get rid of sinusitis fast?

To get rid of sinusitis fast, try using salt water to clear your sinuses, use steam inhalation, apply warm compresses, and drink plenty of fluids.

What antibiotics treat sinusitis?

Antibiotics for sinusitis are prescribed only for bacterial infections. Consult a pharmacist for proper diagnosis before taking any antibiotics for sinusitis.

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