Looking after your health – colds and sinusitis

How your nose helps fight a cold

Coughs and colds due to viral infections can cause swelling in the nasal and sinus tissues.

When a mild upper respiratory infection develops in the nose and sinuses, the first symptoms tend to be a snotty, runny nose with lots of watery mucus. This is due to the nose trying to wash out the virus and inflammatory chemicals produced in the body in response to the infection. The mucus then begins to dry up, becomes thicker and even yellow/green in colour. This is a normal subsequent reaction and means your body is fighting the infection.If the mucus is diluted, thinned and washed out of the nose, it can help wash away germs and irritants and may result in temporary relief from congestion.

Benefits of nasal / sinus washing

Using a preservative-free saline nasal spray or a sinus wash may help clear and temporarily relieve congestion from colds and sinusitis * because they:

• Thin sticky and thick mucus
• Wash away inflammatory chemicals (that the cold virus has stimulated in the nasal tissues)
• Remove mucus plugs
• Moisturise the nasal tissues
• Help prevent scabbing in the nose.

Thinning and washing way excess mucus may also help clear the nose and relieve pressure in the sinuses.

Flo Saline Plus is a preservative-free, isotonic saline nasal spray with a gentle formula to help temporarily relieve nasal congestion.

Flo Sinus Care has been specifically formulated to closely mimic the body’s own tissue fluids and is a preservative-free wash that helps temporarily relieve both sinus and nasal congestion.
Ask your pharmacist about preservative-free saline solutions, sprays or washes. All Flo saline products are preservative-free

*Efficacy of nasal irrigation in the treatment of acute sinusitis in children. Wang Y.H. et al. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology 2004. Dec;73(12):1696-701.

Further suggestions

If your nose is completely blocked, refer to your pharmacist for advice on a preservative-free nasal decongestant such as Flo Rapid Relief.

For a runny nose, use Flo Saline Plus, a preservative-free saline nasal spray that can be used when you’re on the go.

For a more thorough cleanse of the nose and sinus, try Flo Sinus Care, an easy at-home treatment that can be used twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Flo Sinus Care may also help to temporarily relieve the pressure and discomfort of excess mucus in the sinuses.

For a dry, sore or crusty nose, ask your pharmacist for a moisturising nasal oil like Flo Nozoil.

Always read the label. Follow instructions for use. If symptoms persist, consult your health professional.