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How To Use Nasal Spray

Introduction

Nasal spray is used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis, sinus as well as blocked nose.

A correct technique is essential for effective delivery of the medicines. Different nasal spray requires slightly different techniques (for example, priming technique or holding position). Hence, it is very important to follow the instructions from your doctor and refer to the product labels.

Nasal spray are only intended for use in the nose. Do not spray it into any other parts of the body.

Usage Of Nasal Spray For The First Time (Priming)

  1. Remove the dust cap (Picture A).
  2. ome nasal spray requires vigorous shaking (eg: Avamys Nasal Spray) whereas there are nasal sprays that cannot be shake at all (eg Miacalcic Nasal Spray). Please refer to your pharmacists or doctors.
  3. Picture B shows how to hold nasal spray correctly. Press down few times until you see a fine mist of spray comes out (You might need to press 3-10 times depending on the nasal spray before a fine mist can be seen). This process is called Priming.
  4. Priming is only done once for every nasal spray. However, if the nasal spray has not been used for more than 1-2 weeks , the priming step has to be repeated.

Usage Of Nasal Spray After Priming

  1. Gently blow your nose to clear the mucous (Picture C).
  2. Remove the dust cap.
  3. Close one nostril with your finger. Bend your head slightly forward. Carefully insert the applicator tip ¼ or ½ inch into the other nostril (point the applicator tip slightly outwards, away from the center of the nose) (Picture D).
  4. Press down the nasal spray once and at the same time breath in slowly through your nostril. (Picture E)
  5. Repeat step 4 in the other nostril.
  6. Do not tilt your head backwards to prevent backflow into your throat.
  7. If the medicine drips into your throat, you will feel a slightly bitter sensation in your mouth. This is normal.
  8. Once you are done using the nasal spray, wipe the applicator tip with a clean tissue or cloth and put on the dust cap.
  9. Try not to sneeze or blow your nose immediately after using the nasal spray.

Tips While Using The Nasal Spray

  1. Try not to breath in strongly and quickly to prevent the medication from going into your throat
  2. If the nasal spray is used correctly, the medicine will not drip from your nose nor will it drip into your oral cavity
  3. Please use the nasal spray as directed by your healthcare professional.
  4. If you experience any nosebleed, stop using the nasal spray for a few days and use saline nasal spray. If the bleeding continues, please seek medical attention.
  5. Keep the nasal spray away from direct sunlight and children.
Last Reviewed : 05 June 2014
Writer : Low Woan Jinn
Accreditor : Norhayati bt. Musa