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Types of nasal sprays and why you should use them

Nasal sprays are extremely beneficial for your health. Check out the types of nasal sprays and their advantages.

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MiscellaneousWritten by: Partner ContentPublished at: Sep 22, 2021
Types of nasal sprays and why you should use them

With a rise in respiratory illnesses, people have started exploring different ways to keep their respiratory health in the best shape. Among the several methods adopted to maintain nasal hygiene, saline nasal washing using nasal sprays is one of them. It is the practice of cleaning your nasal passage with a sterile saline solution to get rid of mucus, crusts, dust and other debris to ensure proper functioning of the nose.

When the lining of the nose and sinuses dry or mucus accumulates, clearing the nose and moisturising it is necessary for optimal functioning and breathing. Besides, nasal congestion is a common issue in the upper respiratory tract. And saline nasal washing or the usage of saline nasal sprays help in such situations by effectively washing out excess mucus, debris, etc. from the nose and soothing the nasal passage. It also brings respite to various symptoms linked to upper respiratory tract infections.  

Types of nasal sprays

When you think of nasal sprays, you might wrongly believe that they are all the same and all of them function similarly. However, nasal sprays can be classified into two categories- medicated and saline. Medicated sprays are used for specific health indications. Whereas, saline nasal sprays can be used daily to keep nasal cavities clean of pollutants and germs. By moisturising the nasal cavity and by removing any deposited material inside the nose, they assist in mucociliary clearance. Saline nasal sprays can also be used as adjuvant therapy in various nasal conditions. Otrivin Breathe Clean is one such saline nasal spray that can be used daily by people of all age groups; adults and kids above two years of age. You can spray it 1 to 2 times a day per nostril or as often as needed.  

Commonly used nasal sprays:

1. Nasal decongestant sprays

Decongestant sprays are mainly used to clear nasal congestion. Oxymetazoline hydrochloride is one example of this medicine. However, it is recommended that you use it as per a doctor’s advice and only for the duration mentioned on the label. And always refer to the instructions given in the pack for safe usage.

2. Nasal steroid sprays

These are strong anti-inflammatory drugs and are used to clear a congested nose resulting from a sinus infection. They are also useful in reducing sneezing, drippy nose, itchy and watery eyes. However, steroids need to be used only based on a doctor’s prescription.

3. Saline nasal sprays

Saline sprays can effectively eliminate germs and allergens that cause swelling and irritation in the nose. Made of a sterile saline solution, these sprays moisturise and clean the nostrils. Otrivin Breathe Clean is a safe to use saline nasal spray that helps unblock the nose by removing excess particles. It is a preservative-free isotonic saline solution with natural glycerine.

Benefits of using a saline nasal spray 


  • Ideal for daily nasal cleansing purpose
  • Washes away excess mucus, allergen particles, and germs from the nose, making it easier to breathe
  • Cleanses the nasal cavities when the nose is blocked, e.g. during a cold or in allergic conditions
  • Thin and loosen nasal secretions and helps their removal
  • Moisturises the nasal mucosa when dry or irritated in case of minor nasal irritations or due to low humidity (e.g. due to heated/air-conditioned rooms, high altitude, air travelling)
  • Due to its cleansing property, Otrivin Breathe Clean can be used before using another local nasal product (e.g. for cold or allergic rhinitis)
Daily usage of saline nasal sprays can go a long way in enhancing your nasal hygiene. But before you start using any medicated nasal spray, you must consult a doctor to understand which one is best suited for your health condition. 


Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (“Company”) for sharing information in the public interest. GSK does not approve or recommend the use of medicine in any way other than what is approved. Thus, should not be considered as a substitute for medical advice. Please consult a health care practitioner for more details.

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