Helpful hint

Whether you’re trying to moisturize your nasal passages or clear up nasal congestion, it’s important that you use your nasal spray (or nasal mist) correctly for it to work. Follow these simple steps to better relieve your congestion and moisturize the mucus membranes in your nose.

For information on how to use a specific product of the Rhinaris family, please consult our Rhinaris products section.

Before using the product

Before using nasal spray—or any medication for that matter—check the expiry date on the bottle or packaging. If the product is past its expiry date, dispose of it as per your pharmacist’s instructions, and use a nasal spray that has not expired.

How to use a spray

1. Gently blow your nose

Gently blow your nose to clear out as much mucus as you can. It is important that you be able to breathe through your nose so that the spray reaches the inside of your nasal passages. If one of your nostrils is blocked, try blowing your nose again. Then wash your hands before proceeding to the next step.

2. Shake the bottle or canister to mix the solution

Shake the bottle or canister to mix the solution, and remove the cap. If it is a new bottle or if the bottle hasn’t been used for several hours, you may have to prime it to clear any air from the nozzle. Simply hold the bottle upright and squeeze it a few times until you see some solution squirt into the air. It is now ready to use.

3. Insert the tip of the bottle or the canister opening inside one nostril

At this point, you should be sitting up, with your head upright. Insert the tip of the bottle or the canister opening inside one nostril. Do not push or insert it deeply into your nasal passage. Be sure to keep the bottle or canister pointing up and toward the back of your nose.

4. Use a finger on your other hand to gently block your other nostril

Use a finger on your other hand to gently block your other nostril. Take a deep breath as you squeeze the bottle or pump the canister so that the mist enters your nose as you inhale.

5. Remove the tip from your nose, keep your head upright, and breathe normally.

Remove the tip from your nose, keep your head upright, and breathe normally. Try not to sneeze or blow your nose right away to give the solution time to be absorbed. Repeat on the other side, if needed. Wait a few minutes before repeating a dose in the same nostril.

Use as directed on the label. If you don’t get relief from the product, ask your doctor or pharmacist about other options.

 

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