When the mucuous membranes in the nose get inflamed, they swell. As a result, they narrow the nasal passages and cause your nose to become 'blocked'. This is called congestion. Nasal congestion hinders breathing, leads to mucus buildup, disturbs sleep and causes snoring. In short, a blocked nose can make life a struggle.
There are many common causes of nasal congestion, including:
- Upper respiratory viral infections (common cold or flu)
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
- Sinus problems
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 are decongestant nasal drops?
Decongestant nasal drops are medicines that you put into your nose to reduce nasal congestion. Nasal drops are a different format from nasal sprays and can be more suitable depending on how you like to take decongestant products. Ask your pharmacist if you have any queries on how to use them.
Please make sure you read the instruction leaflet that comes with your medicine carefully and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Otrivine comes in a wide range of products, from non-medicated to medicated. For a natural way to clear your nose, try the Otrivine non-medicated range. If you want to relieve nasal congestion quickly, use our medicated range which includes Otrivine Adult Nasal Drops and Otrivine Blocked Nose Relief Nasal Spray.