Nasal Allergy Medications (cont.)

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Tips for proper use of nasal sprays

Using a good technique in applying nasal sprays will help you achieve the maximum benefits from the medications and avoid certain side effects, such as nasal bleeding. The following are guidelines for proper spray technique:

  • Clear your nasal passages with gentle nose blowing or a nasal decongestant for a few days when starting nasal steroids.
  • Shake the container
  • Place one finger over one nostril to close it off.
  • Place the tip of the spray into the open nostril pointing away from the nasal septum (midline) and direct the spray straight back, not up into the tip of your nose.
  • Activate the spray, sniffing in gently and deeply as you do so.
  • Exhale through the mouth.
  • Repeat these steps for the other nostril.
  • Never "double" spray: always spray one nostril at a time and alternate nostrils each time.

REFERENCES: Allergic Rhinitis. Allergic Rhinitis Treatment & Management.

Last Editorial Review: 7/26/2012

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