If your congestion is due to cold and flu, from allergies such as hay fever, or maybe you have year-round congestion - difficulty in breathing isn’t pleasant. …read moreSee less
Nasal drops are a quick and convenient way to clear your nose so you can breathe easier. Looking to relieve your child’s congestion? Drops are easy and painless to use, and they tend to be gentler than sprays.
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How do nasal drops relieve congestion?
Nasal drops can be used to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of congestion, caused by conditions such as the common cold, hay fever, allergies and sinusitis.
It works by narrowing and shrinking the blood vessels and tissues in the nose, so your nose will be less swollen and congested, enabling you to breathe easier.
How to use saline nasal drops
If you’re using saline nasal drops to treat a baby under the age of 2, begin by lying them down on their back and turning their head to one side.
Gently squeeze one or two drops into their nostril as needed, then turn their head and repeat in the other nostril.
Use as often as needed.
This is the usual dose of saline drops you’ll give to your child or use for yourself, but make sure to read the patient information leaflet that comes with your own product carefully so you can be sure you’re using the correct dose.
If you’re ever unsure about the dose you should be using, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
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.
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.