Decongestant sprays. They are a type of pharmaceutical drug that are used to relieve nasal congestion in the upper respiratory tract. The active ingredient in most decongestants is either pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. They are designed to temporarily shrink the blood vessels in the nose. This is known as vasoconstriction. Although this provides temporary relief from stiffness, it does not cure a cold or allergies.
Regular use of decongestants for long periods should be avoided because these sprays contain chemicals that shrink congested blood vessels. That’s how they open up your clogged passages. Because they’re applied directly to the nose, they give you quick relief.
After a few days, though, the blood vessels don’t respond to the medication anymore. You spray away, but your problem just gets worse. This cycle can continue for months, years, and even decades.
Salt-water solutions. They’re also called “saline” nasal sprays and are typically non-medicated, so you can buy them without a prescription. A mist of saline solution containing sodium chloride is delivered to help moisturize dry or irritated nostrils. This is a form of nasal irrigation. They can also relieve nasal congestion and remove airborne irritants such as pollen and dust thereby providing sinus allergy relief.
Since they don’t contain any medications, feel free to use them as often you like. Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad side effects such as signs of an allergic reaction, unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, or very bad nose irritation.
Steroid nasal sprays. You can get these over the counter or with a prescription. They’re approved to relieve allergy symptoms, but they’re sometimes used to help clear a stuffed-up nose that comes from a sinus infection. The ingredient in these products is known as a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids are useful for calming inflammation caused by an overactive immune system response.
Steroid nasal sprays apply a corticosteroid directly into the nose to treat nasal allergy symptoms such as sneezing and a runny nose. They can provide relief from hay fever or nasal allergies
If you bought a steroid nasal spray from a pharmacy or shop, stop using it when you think you no longer need it. Steroid nasal sprays don’t usually cause any significant side effects if used correctly but side effects can include, a stinging or burning sensation in the nose, dryness and crustiness in the nose, redness and swelling in the nose, and nosebleeds.
Essential Oil Spray. Essential oils can be a good alternative treatment for sinus congestion that occurs due to allergies, bacteria, inflammation and common cold. One of the most amazing benefits of essential oils are their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Particularly, essential oils such as peppermint oil, lemon oil, and eucalyptus oil are some of the most effective essential oils for relief of allergies.
Dr Bentsen’s Nasal Spray is an excellent alternative for people who have side-effects due to intensive use of a medicinal nasal spray. It has a perfect blend of olive oil, lavender oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil. The nasal spray is completely natural, without chemical additives or preservatives. It is suitable for alleviating colds, where the air is dry or there is a dry interior environment, and can also be used in addition to medication which dries out the nasal mucous membrane.
The nasal spray can be used by everyone. If used for children under the age of 2, the oil should be applied beneath and outside the nose. For adults the dose is to spray up each nostril once in the morning and once in the evening so as to improve the feeling of well-being in the nose and the sinuses. However, recommend patients to try and find the best dose for him- or herself. Persons who might be allergic to one of the substances should be very careful in using the spray.