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.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)
- 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.1,2
What are decongestant nasal drops?
Decongestant nasal drops are medicines that you put into your nose to reduce nasal congestion. Nasal drops are taken differently from nasal sprays. Ask your pharmacist if you have any queries on how to use them.3
Please make sure you read the instruction leaflet that comes with your medicine carefully and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Otrivin comes in a wide range of products, from non medicated to medicated. For a solution containing natural ingredients to clear your nose, try the Otrivin Breathe Clean Range. If you want to target the nasal congestion quickly, 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.