Sinusitis Check & Treat

Welcome to Knights Pharmacy, your trusted partner in health and wellness. As part of the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for a range of health concerns, including sinusitis. Our Sinusitis Check and Treat Service is designed to offer you convenient access to professional advice, assessment, and treatment for sinus infections.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis, commonly known as a sinus infection, refers to the inflammation or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. The sinuses are hollow spaces within the bones of the face, primarily located around the nose, cheeks, and forehead. When the sinus passages become blocked due to inflammation, it can lead to the accumulation of mucus and bacteria, resulting in infection.

What are the Symptoms of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis can manifest with a variety of symptoms, which may include:

  • Facial pain or pressure, particularly around the forehead, nose, or cheeks
  • Nasal congestion or obstruction
  • Thick nasal discharge, often yellow or green in colour
  • Reduced sense of smell or taste
  • Cough, often worsening at night
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Headache, particularly in the forehead region
  • Sore throat
  • Bad breath




How Long Does Sinusitis Last?

The duration of sinusitis can vary depending on its cause and severity. Acute sinusitis typically lasts for up to four weeks, while chronic sinusitis may persist for more than 12 weeks despite treatment. Recurrent sinusitis refers to multiple episodes of acute sinusitis within a year.

How to Treat a Sinus Infection?

Treatment for sinusitis aims to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, and address the underlying cause of infection. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the duration of the infection, treatment options may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to alleviate pain and reduce fever.
  • Nasal decongestants or saline nasal sprays to relieve nasal congestion.
  • Nasal corticosteroids to reduce inflammation in the nasal passages.
  • Antibiotics, if the infection is bacterial and deemed necessary by a healthcare professional.
  • Steam inhalation to help clear nasal passages and relieve congestion.
  • Use of a humidifier to maintain moisture levels in the air, especially during dry weather.

Natural Remedies That Can Help

In addition to conventional treatments, several natural remedies may provide relief from sinusitis symptoms. These include:

  • Steam inhalation
  • Nasal irrigation using a saline solution or a neti pot to flush out mucus and allergens from the nasal passages.
  • Warm compresses applied to the face to alleviate pain and pressure.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids to help thin mucus and promote drainage.


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Sinus Infection Complications

While most cases of sinusitis resolve with appropriate treatment, complications can occur in rare instances. These complications may include:

  • Chronic sinusitis, characterised by persistent inflammation lasting beyond 12 weeks.
  • Sinusitis-related complications such as the spread of infection to nearby structures like the eyes or brain.
  • Development of nasal polyps, small growths in the nasal passages that can obstruct airflow.

How to Get Treatment at Knights Pharmacy

At Knights Pharmacy, we offer a Sinusitis Check and Treat Service to provide you with prompt and convenient access to professional care. To receive treatment:

  • Visit any of our pharmacy locations during opening hours.
  • Speak to one of our trained pharmacists who will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms and medical history.
  • Based on your assessment, our pharmacist will recommend suitable treatment options, which may include over-the-counter medications or referral to a healthcare provider if necessary.
  • If antibiotics are deemed necessary, our pharmacist can supply them following a consultation, in accordance with the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme guidelines.

Sinusitis can cause significant discomfort and disruption to daily life, but with the right approach to treatment and management, symptoms can be effectively alleviated. At Knights Pharmacy, we are committed to supporting your health and well-being by providing accessible and high-quality care for sinus infections through our Sinusitis Check and Treat Service. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you in managing sinusitis or book an appointment below.

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