When you've got a stuffy, blocked nose, a good nasal spray can help to clear your airways so you can breathe freely. …read moreSee less
Decongestant nasal sprays help to reduce swelling in your nasal passages, clearing blockages and easing pressure in your forehead so you feel more comfortable.
Alternatively, saline nasal sprays use a saltwater solution to clear away excess mucus in your nose, loosening dried mucus and clearing your nasal passages gently.
No matter how you want to manage your congestion, a good nasal spray can help to relieve your symptoms quickly and effectively.
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How do you use a nasal spray?
Before you start, wash your hands to avoid contaminating the area, then shake the bottle if needed.
You’ll want to close off the nostril that doesn’t need treatment by pressing down.
Gently insert the nose of the bottle into the nostril that needs treatment and take a deep breath through the nose as you gently squeeze the bottle.
Remove the bottle, sniff, and repeat if necessary, but wait at least 10 seconds between sprays.
How do decongestants work?
A decongestant clears up congestion, helping you to breathe easier.
Congestion is caused when the blood vessels in your nose dilate, causing inflammation and discomfort.
Decongestant treatments help to narrow these blood vessels, and with the swelling reduced, it allows more air to pass through and the mucus to drain, providing relief for cold and flu symptoms.
How can you clear a blocked nose while sleeping?
Congestion is usually worse at night as it’s harder for your body to drain the mucus, which may pool in the head resulting in a sinus headache when you awake in the morning.
Use a humidifier to add moisture to your dry nose, helping to ease the discomfort.
Using a saline rinse or spray can help to clear your sinuses and enable you to breathe better.
Can you take a decongestant while pregnant?
Decongestants are typically safe to use during pregnancy as they don’t contain enough medicine to harm the baby.
However, nasal decongestants tend to be safer as the product is absorbed within the nose and does not spread to the rest of the body.
The short-term use of a decongestant should be fine but always speak to your doctor or pharmacist beforehand to ensure that it’s safe for you and your baby.