Inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose leads to swelling and congestion of the nasal passages. Nasal congestion hinders breathing, leading to the build-up of thick mucus in the nose. This can lead to a frequent desire to blow the nose, as well as disturb sleep and cause 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
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 sprays are medicines that you spray into your nose to reduce inflammation and congestion. They are sprayed directly into the nostrils (nasal passage). Nasal sprays are commonly used to treat allergies and persistent rhinitis (inflammation of the nose).3
The correct technique to use nasal spray will help the medication work more effectively.3
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.
Always follow the usage instruction provided in the label when using any form of nasal spray.3
For adults and adolescents 12 years of age and above as:
Spray: 1 spray into each nostril, 1 to 2 times daily, as needed.
Drops: 2 to 3 drops into each nostril, 1 to 2 times a day, as needed.
Minimum dosing interval: 8 hours.
Do not exceed 2 applications of Otrivin Oxy daily into each nostril. It should not be used for more than 10 consecutive days. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
Not recommended for use in children aged 6 to 11 years, except on the advice of a doctor.
Instructions to administer Otrivin Oxy are as below:
Spray: To produce a fine spray, Otrivin oxy bottle should be held upright with the nozzle pointing upwards. Be careful not to spray in the eyes.
- Clean your nose.
- Remove the bottle cap.
- Lean slightly forward and insert the nozzle into a nostril.
- Squeeze the bottle hard in the center once and breathe in gently at the same time. Remove the nozzle before releasing the pressure on the bottle.
- Repeat for the other nostril.
- Clean and dry the nozzle before replacing back the cap after use.
- To avoid possible spread of infection, the spray should only be used by one person.
Otrivin offers a range of nasal decongestant products for adults and children. If you’re looking for a way to help ease your child’s nasal congestion, try Otrivin Paediatric Nasal Drops (For children from 1 - 11 years of age)6. To help clear a blocked nose and to provide further moisturisation, reach for Otrivin Moisturising Adult Nasal Drops and Otrivin Moisturising Paediatric Nasal Drops.5
Otrivin Breathe Clean can be used for daily nasal cleaning. It is a nasal wash that helps to clean pollutants, germs, and allergens from the nasal passage thus maintaining nasal health.5
You should always ask your doctor, which Otrivin product is best suited for your condition before initiating a treatment.