Editor's Note: This article was updated July 30, 2018, with information about Genexa's new Saline Care product.
When you’re congested, stuffed up, or sick, you’ll do anything to breathe easy again. Nasal sprays look pretty appealing right now, right? But there are so many kinds, and it can be hard to know which one is right for you. And once you choose one, what are best practices to use it? Well, we have the answers today, with everything you need to know about nasal saline spray.
What’s it made out of?
Unlike decongestant nasal sprays and steroid nasal sprays, saline spray is completely drug-free. That means you don’t have to worry as much about side effects, overuse, or the other concerns that come along with medicinal nasal sprays. Saline solutions are made with salt, adjusted to match the normal salinity of the human body. This means it is especially effective in preventing dehydration.
Saline nasal sprays help naturally irrigate your sinuses by clearing out mucus. Because of the salinity, it doesn’t irritate your sinuses (like plain water can) and it doesn’t dehydrate your sinuses (like medicated nasal spray can). Plus, you can use it as often as you need.
However, some saline solutions are full of other, potentially harmful chemicals and fillers like propylene glycol and disodium EDTA. Who wants to put that in their noses? Instead, try a healthier saline solution, like Genexa's Saline Care.
What can it help with?
Saline nasal spray is particularly helpful when dealing with nasal mucus congestion (as opposed to congestion caused by nasal tissue inflammation, which can’t usually be cleared with saline spray). Since saline spray gently rinses out mucus, it’s great for managing nasal allergy symptoms, usually caused by seasonal allergies. Certain colds and the flu can cause nasal congestion as well, so if you’re feeling under the weather, saline spray can come in handy.
How should I use it?
Though the first time you use a saline spray can be a little strange, it’s actually pretty simple! Before you use it, you should blow your nose to remove as much mucus as possible. Then, you may have to “prime” the pump by squeezing it a of couple times – but check the box for exact instructions as to this part.
Next, you’ll want to press a finger against one nostril to close it, then insert the spray pump just inside the opening of the other nostril. You don’t need to push it all the way up inside your nose! Then depress the pump and breathe in gently to inhale the spray. Repeat as recommended on the packaging and then switch sides. Don’t blow your nose right away if you can avoid it! Give it a minute to settle, then blow your nose or sneeze as needed.
What about little noses?
Do you have an infant or baby who’s stuffed up? Luckily, nasal saline is safe for clearing little noses too! But because spray is a bit intense for babies, this saline comes in the form of droplets instead.
Before using it, you can use a suction bulb to remove mucus. Then place the dropper just inside the opening of the nose, just like with the adult spray. Squeeze the dropper to administer the recommended dosage on the packaging. After you repeat on the other side, hold your baby in the same position for a few minutes to allow the droplets to flow into the sinuses. But if your little one starts to cough or fuss, let him or her sit up.
Now you know all about saline nasal spray! It’s a natural, healthy way to clear out your sinuses when you don’t feel like using over-the-counter or prescription decongestants.
If you need a healthier saline option, try Genexa's brand-new Saline Care organic nasal spray!
Also, if you’re suffering from allergy-related congestion and you need something in addition to your saline spray, check out our Allergy-D medicine. And remember to subscribe to our email list for more content like this!