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Blocked Sinuses

Blocked sinuses can last two or three weeks. It’s quite common, especially if you’ve had a cold or flu. The lining of the sinuses becomes swollen, this causes the blocked up feeling.

Symptoms include:

  • pain and swelling in your cheeks, forehead or around your eyes
  • blocked nose (mucus can be yellow or green)
  • headache
  • high temperature (38C or above)
  • toothache
  • bad breath


Antibiotics probably won’t help.

  • get lots of rest
  • drink plenty of fluids
  • take painkillers, like paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • use a salt water solution to clear your nose and ease congestion. Ask your pharmacist for advice on how to do this, or click here.


You can also try:

  • holding a warm flannel over your face
  • inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water

A pharmacist can advise you about medicines that can help.


Seek medical advice if:

  • you’ve taken painkillers but they don’t help
  • your symptoms don’t start to get better after a week, or if they are getting worse
  • you keep getting them

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