You have four pairs of sinuses. They are lined with mucous membranes that help keep your nose from drying out. The mucus helps trap any dirt and bacteria that you breathe in. That’s if nothing gets in the way. Unfortunately cold sufferers may develop an inflammation of their sinuses that can lead to sinusitis.

  • pain and tenderness in facial sinuses
  • runny nose
  • blocked nose
  • fever
  • headaches
  • bad breath
  • thick nasal discharge (transparent or green)
  • cough

How to treat

Sinusitis can be a real headache – literally. Nasal irrigation may help with symptoms of chronic sinusitis. Decongestant nasal sprays containing xylometazoline may provide relief, but these medications should not be used for more than 5 - 7 days.

Otrivin® Adult with Menthol Nasal Spray can help unblock your sinuses and to provide some much needed relief. There are also some simple things you can do at home to help. Try using a saltwater solution to clean out your sinuses and allow them to drain. Other recommendations include applying a warm, moist cloth to the affected areas several times a day; drinking sufficient fluids in order to thin the mucus and inhaling low temperature steam two to four times a day. In case of fever, headache, severe pain in facial sinuses and green/yellow discharge, please consult your doctor.

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How to prevent

A viral infection is the most common cause of sinusitis. It's usually the result of a cold or flu virus that spreads to the sinuses from the upper airways and causes the membranes that line the inside of the sinuses to become inflamed. As sinusitis is often brought on by a cold, preventing a cold is one of the best ways to prevent sinusitis. Preventing a cold begins with cleaning your hands regularly. And when you think about it, that’s a healthy habit to get into any time, as is staying fit to help your immune system fight off infection. You might also want to avoid crowded places where the risk of catching someone else’s cold may be higher.

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