Woman is warming her nose and sinuses.
Woman is warming her nose and sinuses.


The 4 pairs of sinuses that everyone has are normally filled with air and lined with mucus membranes.1 When we develop a cold, these become inflamed so that the mucus, that normally traps dirt and bacteria, expands, congesting the nasal.1

So how do you know if you have sinusitis? You may begin to feel uncomfortable and painful pressure in the ears and pain and tenderness on your sinus area - on your face around the cheekbones. A high temperature will lead to a fever and you may notice headaches occurring more often than usual. The nose may also become blocked or runny which is considered to be one of the most painful symptoms of sinusitis.2,3


To relieve sinus pain you will need to use an effective decongestant such as Otrivin1,3; the nasal sprays can last up to 10 hours and begin working within 2 to 5 minutes. Although Otrivin won’t cure Sinusitis, it can alleviate the pressure on the face and can help with sinus pain. To relieve other symptoms, home remedies are known to be effective. For mild sinusitis, over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be used to relieve a headache, high temperature and facial pain. Do not use Otrivin Spray or Drops continuously for longer than 10 days.

1 Eccles, R. 2009. Mechanisms of symptoms of common cold and flu. Basel, Birkhäuser

2 Fokkens, W. J. et al. 2012. Rhinology. European Position Paper on Rhinosinusitis and Nasal Polyps. Official Journal of the European and International Societies. Vol. 50, supplement 23

3 Grief, N. 2005. Upper Respiratory Infections. Department of Family Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1919 West Taylor Street, Suite 186B, Chicago, IL 60612, USA