• How to Use Nasal Spray

     

    Steps for using a pressurized canister

    1. Gently blow your nose to clear it of mucus before using the medication.

    2. Make sure the canister fits snugly in its holder.

    3. Shake the canister several times just before using it.

    4. Keep your head upright.

    5. Use your finger to close the nostril on the side not receiving the medication.

    6. Press down on the canister as you begin to breathe in slowly through your nose.

    7. Repeat these steps for the other nostril.

    8. Try not to sneeze or blow your nose just after using the spray.

     

    Steps for using a pump bottle

    1. Gently blow your nose to clear it of mucus before using the medication.

    2. Remove the cap.

    3. Shake the bottle.

    4. The first time you use the pump spray each day; you may have to “prime” it by squirting a few times into the air until a fine mist comes out.

    5. Tilt your head forward slightly.

    6. Breathe out slowly.

    7. Hold the pump bottle with your thumb at the bottom and your index and middle fingers on top.

    8. Use a finger on your other hand to close your nostril on the side not receiving the medication.

    9. Squeeze the pump as you begin to breathe in slowly through your nose.

    1. Try not to sneeze or blow your nose just after using the spray.

     

    Remember

    • Wash the canister device at least once a week.
    • Be sure you can sniff air through each nostril before spraying; otherwise the medicine will be wasted, because it will not go deep into your nose.
    • Aim straight. Point the nozzle of the nasal spray container toward the back of your head. If you don’t spray straight, you will waste the medicine and may cause more irritation in your nose.
    • If your nose hurts, if you begin to have nosebleeds or if the inside of your nose stings, stop using the spray for 1 to 2 days.
    • Use your medicines just the way your doctor tells you. Most nasal sprays work best when used regularly and consistently.

     

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