How to use a nasal spray

If you are using a nasal spray and it doesn’t seem to be working, one of the commonest reasons is because you are probably not using it the right way.   Follow these instructions.

  1. Blow your nose gently.
  2. Shake the bottle.
  3. Remove the cap.
  4. If using a new spray, ‘prime’ it by pumping it several times until a fine mist is seen.
  5. Using the right hand for the left nostril, and vice versa, insert the nozzle of the spray into the nostril as far as feels comfortable.
  6. Tilt the head forward slightly and keep the bottle upright.
  7. Squirt a spray by pressing down firmly with the fingers on the collar of the bottle – do not sniff!
  8. Wait a few seconds before repeating steps 5 to 7 in the same or opposite nostril as directed.

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