Learn the correct method of using a nasal spray.
- Blow any excess mucus from the nose into a facial tissue.
- Ensure that the nasal spray device has been is spraying freely. (Give it a pump or two into the air before using.)
- Tilt your head down, looking toward the floor.
- Hold the nasal spray device in your right hand, and place the tip of the device into your left nostril, aiming toward the outer part of the nostril. This ensures that the spray stays off of the nasal septum (the hard structure in the middle of the nose that divides the two nasal passages), which could result in bleeding.
- Pump the nasal spray while sniffing gently. Do not snort; rather, sniff gently as if you are smelling food or a flower. Use the number of sprays prescribed by your doctor.
- Repeat the process while holding the nasal spray in the left hand for the right nostril.
- You're done! There is no need to pinch either nostril, tilt your head back or perform any other silly maneuver.
- If you experience any irritation in the nose or notice any bleeding from the nose, you should stop using the nasal spray for 3 to 5 days and try again. If the irritation or bleeding persists with continued use of the medication, stop using the nasal spray and check with your doctor.
What You Need
- Prescribed allergy nasal spray
- Nasal tissue