Nasal Sprays: What You Need to Know

Nasal sprays are liquid medications that can be sprayed into your nose. They are available in pharmacies and drugstores either over-the-counter or with a doctor’s prescription.

Benefits of preservative-free saline nasal sprays

Saline nasal sprays are often used to treat symptoms of allergies and colds such as congestion, sneezing, and runny nose. Some studies show that a saline nasal spray remoisturizes dry nasal passages and sinuses, and controls inflammation (swelling) of mucous membranes in the nose.

Preservative-free saline nasal sprays may be less likely to cause irritation and may feel gentler on the tissues lining the nose, especially for babies and children who have sensitive noses.

Using a preservative-free saline nasal spray provides several potential benefits:

  • Helps wash out viruses, allergens and irritants in the nose
  • Supports nasal immunity by cleansing and hydrating nasal tissues
  • Enhances the effectiveness of medicated nasal sprays
  • Helps relieve nasal and sinus congestion and discomfort by thinning excess mucus


Other types of nasal sprays

Some nasal sprays are used for other purposes. There is a nasal spray to treat the flu. Another nasal spray is indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women. There is also a nasal spray to treat pain.

Tips on proper use of nasal sprays:

  • Read the instructions carefully before using the nasal spray.
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions on how to use prescription nasal sprays.
  • Gently blow your nose to clear it of mucus before using the nasal spray.
  • Try not to sneeze or blow your nose immediately after using the nasal spray.
  • Store the nasal spray properly.

Talk with your doctor for more information about nasal sprays.

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