Health Tip: Using a Nasal Spray01/31/14
(HealthDay News) -- Using a nasal spray can help ease
congestion, but it's important to use the spray properly.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this
- Use the spray as directed by your doctor, and allow two weeks
or more to gain the full benefit.
- Store the spray away from direct sunlight, and keep any
pressurized container clean.
- Make sure you are able to breathe through each nostril before
spraying, otherwise the spray may not be effective.
- Point the spray toward the back of your nose. A pump spray
should not drip down the back of the throat or out the nose.
- Stop using the spray for one to two days if you have
nosebleeds, pain or stinging inside the nose. Try an
over-the-counter saline nasal spray before using a medicated
- If nosebleeds persist, use only a saline spray, or apply a thin
layer of petroleum jelly inside the nose. Speak with your doctor if
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