Health Tip: Using a Nasal Spray
(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 advice:
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 spray.
If nosebleeds persist, use only a saline spray, or apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly inside the nose. Speak with your doctor if problems continue.
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