Sinusitis Treatment and Advice Service

About this service

Sinusitis is a painful swelling of the sinuses, an area inside your nose, usually caused by an infection. It is a common condition that clears up on its own after about 2 to three weeks but you can now visit you local pharmacy and receive treatments to fight the infection or advice to help relieve the symptoms.

Our expert pharmacy teams will assess and can supply treatments for sinusitis in adults and children over 12 years old.

Sinusitis symptoms include:

  • pain, swelling and tenderness around your cheeks, eyes or forehead
  • a blocked nose
  • a reduced sense of smell
  • green or yellow mucus from your nose
  • a sinus headache
  • a high temperature
  • toothache
  • bad breath


Our trained pharmacist will ask you a few questions about your infection and the symptoms you have.

They will also check for any other conditions or symptoms that may need them to refer you to another NHS service for further checks.

This is a free NHS service if you are exempt from prescription charges.

Our pharmacy team will also give you other advice and suggest other treatments for the relief of symptoms.

This is a drop-in service but you may want to check with the pharmacy before heading to your local branch.

Our teams on hand to supply treatments for sinusitis in adults and children over 12. Effective treatment options for sinus pain, infected sinus, painful sinus, blocked nose and stuffy noses in Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Scunthorpe, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire with Pharmacy First.


What is sinusitis?
Sinusitis is the inflammation and swelling of the lining in your sinuses. The sinuses are small air-filled cavities found behind the cheek bones and forehead.
The function of the sinuses is to drain mucus through to your nose. When you have sinusitis, the sinuses become blocked due to swelling. The swelling is usually caused by an infection. It is common in the UK that sinusitis will clear up on its own within 2-3 weeks, although it can become a chronic condition.
What are the symptoms of sinusitis?
The common symptoms of sinusitis are:
• Nasal congestion: Nasal congestion is a stuffy or blocked nose. This is one of the most common symptoms of sinusitis. Nasal congestion can make it difficult to breath.
• Facial pain or pressure: You may feel a fullness or pressure in the face, typically in the forehead, cheeks and around the eyes.
• Sinus headache.
• Toothache.
• Nasal discharge: Nasal discharge is a runny nose. The discharge may be yellow or green in colour.
• Sense of smell: Your sense of smell may be reduced due to the mucus build up.
• Bad breath: The infected mucus can cause bad breath.
• Fever: You may experience a high temperature.
What causes sinusitis?
The common causes of sinusitis are:
• Viral infections: Acute sinusitis can be caused by a viral infection such as a cold or flu.
• Bacterial infections: This type of infection may follow from a viral infection.
• Allergies: Allergies relating to air born allergens such as pollen or dust mites can lead to sinusitis.
• Structural abnormalities: Physical blockages or structural issues with the nasal passage can impact the proper drainage of the sinuses.
• Environment: Exposure to irritants such as cigarette smoke, pollution or other chemical irritants can cause inflammation of the nasal passage.
• Dental: Dental infections can sometimes extend into sinuses which leads to sinus issues.
How is sinusitis treated?
Sinusitis varies from person to person so the course of treatment will depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the infection. Visiting your local Weldricks pharmacy will enable you to receive advice and support with the condition.
How do I treat sinusitis at home?
There are steps you can take to support with your recovery from sinusitis, these are:
• Getting plenty of rest.
• Drink plenty of water
• Use paracetamol or over the counter painkillers (suitable for your age group)
• Avoid allergic reaction triggers.
• Take antihistamines if sinusitis is a result of allergies.
• Don’t smoke.
• Clean your nose with a saltwater solution.
• Use a decongestant nasal spray, drops or tablets.
Does I need to see my GP if I have symptoms of sinusitis?
If you have any of the above listed symptoms you can visit your local Weldricks pharmacy, and the pharmacist will assess and review your symptoms and provide you with appropriate care.
If I have tried to treat the symptoms at home for more than two weeks and it isn’t getting better, what should I do?
If you have had symptoms of sinusitis for more than 10 days with no signs of improvement, you can visit your local Weldricks pharmacy to speak to the pharmacist who will assess and review your symptoms and provide medication if appropriate.
Who can access the Pharmacy First Sinusitis service?
This service is available for adults and children over the age of 12 years.

Available at the following pharmacies