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What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis is a swelling or inflammation of the lining of the sinuses. This is usually the result of a bacterial or viral infection. Sinusitis will often cause a high temperature, pain and tenderness in the face, and a blocked or runny nose.

The sinuses are small cavities at the front of the face that regulate the temperature and water content of the air reaching your lungs. Usually, the sinuses produce mucus that drains into your nose through small channels. Sinusitis causes these channels to inflame, creating blockages and pressure that builds up to cause discomfort.

Sinusitis is a condition that affects several million people in the UK every year. It can be treated through medication or drug-free nasal irrigation.

What are the symptoms of Sinusitis?

There is a wide range of symptoms of sinusitis. Here is the NHS’s list of the main symptoms:

  • A blocked or runny nose. If your nose produces green or yellow mucus, you probably have a bacterial infection.
  • Long-lasting cold or flu symptoms
  • Pain and tenderness in the face (near the infected sinuses)
  • A high temperature

Other possible symptoms of sinusitis include:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Bad breath (Halitosis)
  • Pressure in your ears (Tinnitus)
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • A feeling of being generally unwell

What causes Sinusitis?

A few common causes of sinusitis include:

  • A deviated septum, the septum is the line of cartilage that divides the nose.  A deviated septum can restrict or block the sinus passages, increasing the risk of sinusitis.
  • Allergies can cause inflammation and block your sinuses.
  • Nasal polyps are tissue growths in the nasal passages than can irritate the sinuses.
  • Medical conditions related to immune-related diseases, such as cystic fibrosis and HIV, can cause nasal inflammation.
  • Smoking causes a build-up of mucus in the sinuses, increasing the risk of chronic sinusitis.

Is Sinusitis contagious?

Sinusitis is a sinus infection and is not contagious. However, it is caused by a virus, which can appear as a common cold and is contagious.

To help prevent the spread of a virus, cover your nose when sneezing and cough into a tissue.

How is Sinusitis treated?

Only around a third of people who get sinusitis will have to visit their doctor. Usually, sinusitis is caused by a virus that eventually clears up by itself, although this can take up to two weeks. Most people will use aspirin or an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen during this time.

Sinusitis is generally considered a condition you ride out, much like a cold. However, if the symptoms are far more severe, finding ways to get relief until it passes is very important. Painkillers may mask the problem, but nasal irrigation can help reduce the symptoms dramatically and quicken the recovery time.

Those with chronic sinusitis (lasting longer than four weeks) may be prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. While these can effectively reduce the bacteria that cause sinusitis, it also reduces the good bacteria the body relies on as part of its immune system. This can leave the body open to another illness shortly afterwards while the good bacteria count is still low.

While antibiotics can help alleviate the condition, there is no cure for sinusitis. That said, there are ways to minimise the discomfort and speed up the recovery time. As mentioned earlier, nasal irrigation is the most effective and commonly used method.

Can nasal irrigation cure Sinusitis?

Nasal irrigation or Jala Neti can be traced back hundreds of years. It has been used for centuries in India as a discipline of yoga and plays a key role is spiritual and physical health.

Traditionally nasal irrigation is applied using a Neti pot, but this age-old therapy has been combined with western technology to make it as easy as brushing your teeth – meaning many more people can experience the benefits of nasal irrigation on common conditions such as sinusitis and others.

Nasal irrigation is a process of flushing out the nasal passages and sinuses using a saline solution. This clears the blockages that cause the discomfort and removes much of the mucus and bacteria.

It also helps to reduce the inflammation of the sinuses, providing a comprehensive solution to the symptoms. It also enables the immune system to work more efficiently by reducing the amount of mucus and bacteria that has built up, allowing the body to recover more quickly.

Most people notice a significant improvement after the first use, and regular use can speed up the healing process and make the symptoms far more manageable in the meantime. Sinus irrigation is now a very popular method of treating sinusitis as a result of its effectiveness, which has been clinically proven.

Sinus irrigation vs other Sinusitis treatments

Nasal irrigation is the only proven method of treating sinusitis with no unwanted side effects. Most GPs will prescribe a course of antibiotics. Whilst that can help deal with your sinusitis, they also increase the likelihood of it happening again. Part of the body’s natural defence is so-called “good bacteria”, which your body relies on to fight harmful bacteria.
Antibiotics kill both harmful bacteria, but also good bacteria. Sinus irrigation is drug and hormone-free, using just a natural saline solution to flush out the sinuses. This means that it is likely to quicken your recovery from sinusitis but leaves you open for it to return shortly afterwards. This means no side effects or potential complications, just fast, proven relie

How to prevent Sinusitis from occurring

Regular sinus irrigation will keep your nasal passages and sinuses clear and healthy. Not only does it flush out bacteria and mucus if you have sinusitis, but it also removes them before they have a chance to cause problems in your your system. Dry, inflamed nasal passages are also more susceptible to infection and viruses so keeping them clear gives you the best possible chance of avoiding sinusitis, as well as many other illnesses such as the common cold and flu.

If you suffer from sinusitis or other nasal-borne illnesses such as the common cold on a regular basis, then regular sinus irrigation can reduce the frequency of your illnesses.

Nasal Irrigation: The SinuPulse Elite

Neti pots and nasal sprays are still used to help relieve and combat the symptoms of sinusitus. However the emerging solution is the SinuPulse Elite and advanced technology which makes regular sinus irrigation simple, quick, easy to use and more effective than traditional Neti pots. It is used by thousands of nasal and sinus sufferers across the world to fend off illnesses.

SinuPulse Elite is the leading choice for nasal irrigation and takes nasal irrigation to the next level – making it far easier, quicker and more effective than traditional netipots or nasal sprays. You no longer have to have your head at awkward angles to rely on gravity, the SinuPulse allows you to keep your head upright and does all the work for you.

You simply use the jet irrigator to flush out the worst, and then use the spray tip to reach the areas that would ordinarily be out of reach for regular neti pots and sprays. The SinuPulse offers the most comprehensive sinus irrigation possible, giving more noticeable and longer lasting relief. For those with sinusitis, the SinuPulse Elite offers proven relief and treatment for the condition.

Sinupulse Elite Nasal Irrigator | Intus Healthcare

How the SinuPulse works

The key to the SinuPulse Elite is its pulsating mechanism, which help stimulate the body’s in-built ciliary flow. The cilia are designed to prevent blockages and keep your airways free, but the nose can be so congested that they cannot move. The SinuPulse clears out the blockages, and stimulates the cilia back into action, ensuring both a comprehensive irrigation and also long-lasting relief.

The SinuPulse Elite comes with a unique spray tip – once your regular irrigation is complete, you can use the spray tip to gently moisture your nasal passages and infiltrate areas that are hard to reach, removing any lingering bacteria or mucus that any regular irrigator simply cannot reach. It ensures that your nasal passages are as clear, sanitised and healthy as can be.

Available without VAT

If you are buying the SinuPulse Elite for personal use and suffer from chronic sinus problems then you are eligible to purchase it VAT-free. Simply, tick the VAT exempt box at checkout.

Next-day delivery available

If you order your SinuPulse Elite before 2pm you will usually receive it on the the next working day. This means you can banish your sinus problems as soon as possible and quickly get back to feeling your regular self again. The SinuPulse Elite is the fast, effective and natural way to deal with your sinus trouble.

Need some more information?

You can find a wealth of information about sinus irrigation and the SinuPulse Elite on this site. If there is anything else you need to know or are unsure about, you can contact us.