A nasal spray may be a good option to unblock your nose.

A blocked nose can have a negative impact on daily life and many patients seek treatment in order to feel relief. Nasal congestion can be caused by several things, like having a cold, sinusitis or hay fever. Whatever the cause, consider reaching for a nasal spray.

There are different types of nasal sprays. Some contain medications to target the biological processes going on in your nose, and some use natural ingredients like sea water to gently clear your nose.

So, if you’re looking for a nasal spray for sinus problems, allergic rhinitis, nasal congestion or a gentle saline nasal spray for children 2 years and above, we have all the information you need!

Why is my nose blocked?

Inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose can cause swelling and congestion of the nasal passages. Nasal congestion hinders breathing, leads to the build-up of thick mucus, causes a frequent desire to blow the nose; disturbs sleep and causes snoring. In short, nasal congestion can have a considerably negative impact on daily life.

There are many common causes of nasal congestion, including:

  • Upper respiratory viral infections (common cold or flu)
  • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Sinusitis

Of these, the cold is one of the most common causes, affecting adults around two to four times per year, and young children around six times per year. Nasal congestion is the most common symptom among common cold sufferers.

Young woman sneezes into a tissue as she tries to relieve her congested nose.

What is a nasal spray?

Nasal decongestant sprays can be used to reduce congestion, in cases of allergies of the nose and persistent rhinitis.

The product is sprayed directly into the nostrils (nasal passage).

Nasal sprays vary in shape and size. For certain products you will need to prime the nasal spray if you have not used it before, or if you have not used it for two weeks. Please make sure you follow the instructions.

Unblock your nose with an Otrivine medicated nasal spray.

Woman breathes freely in a forest with a decongested nose.

Otrivine nasal decongestant sprays relieve your congestion, focusing on the affected area, whatever the cause e.g. allergies, sinusitis, or a cold.
Otrivine medicated nasal sprays contain xylometazoline hydrochloride, which is indicated for the symptomatic relief of nasal congestion due to common cold and allergic rhinitis. Xylometazoline hydrochloride provides fast and effective relief.

Xylometazoline hydrochloride helps to open up and clear the nasal passages by reducing the excessive nasal secretions and returning the swollen blood vessels to their normal size. This in turn reduces the resistance of your nasal airways to airflow, helping people to feel less congested.

Otrivine Extra Dual Relief Nasal Spray has an additional active ingredient, ipratropium bromide, which helps relieve a runny nose.
Otrivine nasal sprays have been used by several million patients over decades, showing it is a trusted and effective topical decongestant.

How to use an Otrivine nasal spray.

Instructions (please read the product's leaflet):

  1. Clean your nose
  2. Lean slightly forward
  3. Insert nozzle gently into nostril
  4. Squeeze & sniff simultaneously
  5. Remove nozzle from the nose
  6. Repeat on the other nostril
  7. Clean & Dry the nozzle


Consider your options to unblock your nose.

Otrivine comes in a wide range of products. For a natural way to clear your nose, try the Otrivine Natural range. If you want to target your symptoms quickly and effectively, use our medicated range which includes Otrivine Blocked Nose Relief Nasal Spray and Otrivine Extra Dual Relief Nasal Spray.