How to Use Nasal Sprays Correctly


Have you been diagnosed with allergic rhinitis? Has your doctor prescribed nasal sprays for your symptoms? There are two types nasal spray products: one comes in pressurized canisters while the other is contained in pump bottles.

Which one do you have? Do you know how to use it? For nasal sprays contained in pressurized canisters, here are simple steps to keep in mind.

First, gently blow your nose to remove the mucus. This is important as it clears the nasal cavity prior to applying the medication. Shake the canister before using it. With your head in an upright position, exhale slowly then hold the nasal spray up one nostril while closing the other nostril with your finger. Inhale slowly as you press down on the canister that releases the medication. To retain the medication, try not to blow or squeeze your nose for a few minutes after you have used the spray.

If you’re using the nasal spray contained in a pump bottle, here are guidelines that you can follow.

Clear your nasal cavity by blowing your nose to remove the mucus. Shake the bottle then remove its cap; shaking primes the medication for use.

As you begin applying the medication, tilt your head a bit forward while closing the other nostril. Slowly breathe in as you pump the bottle. Repeat the process when you do the other nostril. Try not to squeeze or blow your nose after putting medication in your nostril(s).

Normally it may take up to two weeks before you begin to notice the results of the medication.

Don’t forget to clean your canister device regularly; particularly the component you place inside the nostrils.

Every time you’re about to spray the medication up your nose, make sure your nostrils are clear; otherwise, the medicine will not produce its intended results due to the nasal blockage or obstruction. Always blow your nose and then sniff air before pumping the spray through your nostrils.

If applied correctly, the spray will not drip down your nose or the back of the throat. In some cases, incorrectly spraying may cause irritation in the nasal passages or throat. If your nose or throat hurts every time you spray, stop using the medication for one or two days.


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