Nasal spray can quickly become a spinner
Many people now use nasal sprays during the cold period. If used incorrectly, however, they can quickly become a spinner. Many experts believe that such sprays often do less anyway than many simple home remedies for colds.
Keep the spray device pressed long enough, regardless of whether your nose is blocked or your nose is constantly runny: "During the cold period, many people use nasal sprays. However, if used incorrectly, such sprays can quickly become germs." The "Apotheken Umschau" (1/2015 A) gives a tip on the correct application: It is therefore important to "keep the spray device pressed until you pull the adapter out of your nose again, otherwise nasal secretions will be in the solution could be sucked ". This leads to a decrease in durability. Products are also available in the pharmacy where a special valve prevents them from being sucked back.
Natural alternatives As the survey continues, you can also become addicted to the nasal spray if you use it too long. The consequences of this can be, for example, a chronically swollen mucous membrane or a wet-sounding voice. Many experts already believe that there are better alternatives to nasal sprays. For example, salt solutions or essential oils can be used to fight the runny nose. By inhaling, the mucous membranes are moistened and they swell less. Saline solutions can be used in the form of nasal irrigation and ointments with essential oils from eucalyptus, peppermint or pine needles ensure that those affected can breathe freely again thanks to their cooling effect.
Do not use nasal sprays for longer than seven days. Another tried and true home remedy for those who start to have a cold is drinking iodine water. People who want to deal with their cold in this way drink a glass of water at the very first sign of a runny nose, to which a drop of ten percent iodine tincture has been added. This is to regulate the fluid balance of the nasal mucous membranes and thus prevent the onset of runny nose. Those who do not want to do without the decongestant nasal sprays should not use them for more than seven days. (ad)