An old woman appears to breathe with ease after suffering from nasal congestion

Worried about air pollution? Otrivin Breathe Clean can help

Air pollution affects all of us – and your nose is your first line of defence.3,5

Did you know that your nose filters, warms and humidifies up to 20,000 litres of air that you breathe every day?5 Or that too much air pollution causes the nose’s filter to slow down and sometimes stop working entirely?3,8

The good news is that Otrivin Breathe Clean Daily Nasal Wash can help wash away trapped air pollutants from your nasal passages.1,2

To start with, what is air pollution?

Air pollution is a mixture of natural and man-made substances in the air we breathe. For example, outdoor air pollution includes fine particles produced by burning fossil fuels, harmful gasses and tobacco smoke.7


Why should I worry about air pollution?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air, and breathing polluted air can seriously affect human health.4


Can I check the air pollution in my area?

Yes, you can check the air quality index (AQI), which are online tools that report on daily air quality in different areas. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is and what associated health affects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air.

You can also check an air-pollution map and find out about different types of air pollution.6


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