The majority of sinus infections clear up on their own after a few weeks. Commonly they occur secondary to viruses, such as the common cold. Typical symptoms include facial pressure or pain, blocked nose, high temperature, green/yellow nasal discharge and a reduced sense of smell. If the infections are mild and infrequent, in the majority of cases, very little treatment is necessary, aside from over-the-counter decongestants, nasal irrigation and painkillers.

Should the symptoms not resolve easily, there may be an underlying bacterial infection in which case antibiotics may be necessary. In these cases, it is important to seek medical help from a sinus specialist.

Additionally, for some patients, sinusitis may be a recurring problem several times a year. This can have a profound impact on work, mood and general well-being. For such patients, it may be necessary to conduct an endoscopic examination of the nasal cavity, perform specialised blood tests to assess immune function and carry out a CT scan of the sinuses. Treatment is then tailored to the individual and includes steroid sprays/drops, saline irrigation, long term antibiotics, endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) or balloon sinuplasty

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