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)
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.
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.
Instructions (please read the product's leaflet):
- Clean your nose
- Lean slightly forward
- Insert nozzle gently into nostril
- Squeeze & sniff simultaneously
- Remove nozzle from the nose
- Repeat on the other nostril
- Clean & Dry the nozzle
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.