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 considerable negative impact on daily life.1,2
There are many common causes of nasal congestion, including:1,2
- 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.1,2
What is a nasal spray?
Nasal decongestant spray can be used to reduce congestion, for example to treat allergies of the nose and persistent rhinitis. 3
The product is sprayed directly into the nostrils (nasal passage).
Nasal sprays vary in shape and size, but the technique remains the same and instructions will come with the product. 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 manufacturet's instructions.3
How to use an Otrivin nasal spray?
1. Clear your nose
2. Hold the bottle upright with thumb under base and nozzle between two fingers
3. Lean forward slightly and place the nozzle into a nostril
4. Spray while breathing in gently through your nose at the same time
5. Clean and dry the nozzle before replacing back the cap right after use
6. Repeat for your other nostril
If symptoms persist for more than ten days*, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Only one person should use each pack to avoid the spread of infection.
Otrivin comes in a wide range of products. For a solution containing natural ingredients to cleanse your nose, try the Otrivin Breathe Clean. If you want relief from a blocked use our medicated range which includes Otrivin Adult, Otrivin Menthol & Otrivin Paed Metered Dose Nasal Sprays, as well as Otrivin Adult & Otrivin Paed Nasal Drops.