Pharmacy First - Sinusitis 

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Advice and treatment service for sinusitis

Are you suffering from symptoms of sinusitis? If your symptoms are severe or have not resolved by themselves, you might be eligible for expert advice and treatment services at your local participating pharmacy through the Pharmacy First Service. Search for your local pharmacy and book online.

*The age limit for this service is 12 years and over. The pharmacy team will assess your eligibility for the free NHS Pharmacy First Service. If you are not eligible, the pharmacy team may recommend a private service/treatment or sign-post you to another health service provider. Book your appointment online.

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Search Clinic

Search for your nearest participating pharmacy that offers advice and treatment for sinusitis.

Book Appointment

Once you have found the right clinic, simply book an appointment at a time that suits you.

Attend Clinic

Attend the clinic at the booked time for advice and treatment for sinusitis.

Featured Pharmacies

Find featured pharmacies that offer the NHS Pharmacy First Service. This service includes seven different common conditions including sinusitis.

What is Sinusitis?

Sinusitis refers to the swelling of the sinuses that is usually caused by an infection of the sinuses. In most cases, it will clear by itself in a few weeks. If your symptoms persist or are severe, you might need medication to treat the infection and the swelling.

What are the Main Symptoms of Sinusitis?

Sinusitis usually occur following a cold or flu infection. There are several symptoms associated with Sinusitis, including:

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Pain, inflammation and tenderness are felt around the cheeks, eyes and forehead.
  • Green/yellow mucus discharge from the nose
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Headache
  • Elevated Temperature
  • Toothache and bad breath

What are the available treatments for Sinusitis?

If your symptoms don’t improve or you suffer from severe symptoms, your condition will be assessed by a pharmacist during a consultation. The pharmacist may decide to offer you a treatment for your sinusitis if they consider it clinically appropriate and suitable. Your eligibility for the free NHS Pharmacy First service will also be assessed and the following treatments might be provided if you are eligible.

Corticosteroid Spray or drops

To reduce inflammation associated with sinusitis, a corticosteroid spray or drops can be given to the patient. Corticosteroids can reduce the swelling of the nasal passages and sinuses. You should follow the instructions given by the pharmacist and the method of administration in the patient information leaflet to correctly administer the corticosteroid spray or drops.


If there are signs and symptoms of bacterial infection of the sinuses, the pharmacist might consider supplying an antibiotic after carefully considering clinical requirements and suitability.

What is the Pharmacy First Service?

The Pharmacy First Service is an NHS service designed to offer free advice and treatments to eligible patients for seven common conditions. Patients can access this service at participating pharmacies in England. The additional conditions covered by this service include:

Find your nearest pharmacy offering the Pharmacy First Service and book online.

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