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Otrivine Nasal Drops
I am reviewing the Otrivine Nasal Drops for adults, there are other versions of this product available. Otrivine nasal spray, nasal drops for kids, metered does and a spray for sinusitis.
I have suffered with allergies since I was a child, I am allergic to plant's animals, dust, spray's I also have Rhinitis, as such I spend most of my life with a very blocked nose.
I think I have tried pretty much every spray there is out there to try and help with my sinuses including several steroid sprays and nothing ever works as well as Otrivine.
THE PACKING ....
The product comes in a small blue cardboard box that has a design on the front that I think is meant to look like the product being sprayed. The spray pattern is coloured white and red which really does stand out against the blue of the box. The product name it printed in blue across the centre of the box at the top end along with details that these are nasal drops. On the back of the box are the directions for use, safety instructions and also what the drops are used to treat.
The drops themselves come in a very small cloudy white plastic bottle, this is topped with a blue twist cap lid. The lid has a tamper seal on it and has a small blue rubber dropper protruding from the top of it. When you open the lid the dropper is fastened into the lid.
THE PRODUCT ....
Otrivine is a very handy product, it can be used to treat pretty much anything that is blocking your sinuses from colds, allergies, hay fever and sinusitis.
The drops are clear in colour and have absolutely no scent to them at all. To use you simply gently unscrew the lid of the bottle and without lifting the dropper out of the bottle squeeze the rubber section of the dropper so that is sucks up some of the drops. Remove the dropper from the bottle and then place 2-3 drops up each nostril. This can be repeated 2-3 times a day as required.
The drops last for around 10 hours, which is a really good period of time.
As with many medicines the drops need to be discarded within 28 days of opening and these say that they should never be stored at above 25 degrees.
The drops work within around 10 minutes being administered and really do work. For many years I have suffered worst of all at night, the moment my had went back my nose would close up and I would end up sounding like I was snoring before I was even asleep. I slept almost upright for many years until I found these and I suspect I snored much worse back them as well!
My GP has warned me that there are many cases of people being addicted to Otrivine so I do not use these each day, however if once I have laid down to sleep my nose is very blocked I use a few drops to help me get a good nights rest.
SIZE AND PRICE ....
The bottle is 10ml in size and retails from £2.65 - £3.89 depending which version of the product you opt for. I usually buy mine from Superdrug or Boots but I have seen them available at other pharmacy's.
I love this product, I really do wish I could use it every day because it is the only product that really does clear my sinuses and keep them clear for a good period of time. I think they are quite expensive but I often can not get a good nights rest without them and sleep is very important. I do sometimes buy the spray version of this, it is slightly cheaper however I find that it does not work quite as well as the drops so buy them most often. Would I suggest these? Yes I would have no hesitation in suggesting these to anyone, they really do work. I would give these 5 stars.
I am not a doctor! I am a mummy with a poorly tooth and awful sinusitis! Therefore this review about Otrivine is based purely on my own experience.
Recently I have had awful trouble with my sinuses. The pain and feeling of pressure in my face has sometimes been overwhelming. I have also been suffering with terrible toothache. The dentist carried out a root canal but the problem is the root actually touches the sinus. After repeatedly visiting the dentist she said she was certain it was my sinus she suggested trying Otrivine.
Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray cost £5.50 in Asda and came in a small mainly purple cardboard box. It clearly states on the box that this is for 12 years and older and obviously that you must not share it with others.
As with all medicines it is important to read the instructions it clearly states to only use it up to three times a day and no more than seven consecutive days.
When I used the Otrivine nasal spray I started first by pouring boiling water into a bowl and adding some salt. I then breathed in the steam in order to help clear my nose. Then I leant my head slightly forward and placed the nasal spray into my nostril. With one finger holding down the other nostril I breathed in and as I did I sprayed the Otrivine. It was quite easy to spray and not as fiddly as I thought. I then placed my head back, it is at this point that I felt trickling down the back of my throat so have a drink to hand as it was an awful taste. I then did the same with the other side.
I was surprised that the spray didn't hurt, it did make me jump but there was no pain. The best part was that twenty minutes after use I felt some relief and my tooth also started to feel a lot better. I have used it a few times now and I think it is well worth the money.
I hate being ill. I dont think anyone particularly likes it, but I hate the fact that one day you can be going on your merry way, happy and healthy, and then the next you feel and look like death. I can deal with most aspects of having a cold or flu, but one of my massive hates is having a blocked nose. I dont get that much sleep at night as it is, thanks to a certain child of mine still not sleeping through.So whatever sleep I do get it needs to be good quality. With a blocked nose it never is. I discovered this product through a conversatiion I had with a friend many years ago.I was suffering the full on effects of a cold and she suggested to get this product as it completely cleared her nose when bunged up. I didnt beleive her, but I thought I would try it as I didnt think it would hurt!
What is Otrivine?
Otrivine helps to relieve nasal congestion. This includes if your nose if blocked by a cold, or if suffering from hay fever and sinusitis. Its a product that you place inside the nose, and within minutes gives up to 10 hours of relief from the symptoms. It contains an ingredient called xylometazoline hydrochloride that helps to open and clear the nasal passages by lessening the amount of nasal mucus and getting swollen blood vessels to their normal size.
The active ingredient is xylometazoline hydrochloride (0.1% w/v). The other ingredients are sodium chloride, sodium phosphate, sodium acid phosphate, disodium edetate, benzalkonium chloride and water.
How to use
Give your nose a good blow, so its as clear as possible.Lean forward and place the nozzle in the nostril.Squeeze the bottle once and sniff in product. Then do the same for the other nostril.
This can be used up to 3 times within a 24 hour period but its not recommended to use for more than 7 days as it may cause the symptoms to get worse.
This product is for adults and children over the age of 12 only.
Never share this product with anyone else, for obvious germ swapping reasons, regardless of how desperate you are!
So what do I think of this product?
One of the best things I have ever used. Before taking it my nose could be completely blocked, and after taking it, literally in minutes I can breathe again. It feels like it has been completed unplugged, its amazing. Im going to let you into alittle secret here, despite what the instructions say, I have always put my head back when I have taken this product.Not surprisingly I can feel and even taste this product as it moves from inside my nose to down the back of my throat and let me tell you, its not the most pleasant taste or feeling, but I couldnt care less as I know within minutes all will be right in the world and I can breathe! Im not suggesting anyone not to follow directions, but thats how I do it and Im far too old to stop my routine now. One tip I would suggest for anyone using this, is try and use it at night. Purely because most of us can deal with lack of nose action during the day, but night time literally is the nightmare period, and you will feel the benefit more then.
I find the price very reasonable and depending on the size and variation of product ( as they have brought out slightly different versions for more specific complaints ) you would be paying roughly £2.50 10 ml nasal drops or spray which is the standard size.
Would I buy again? Dont need to answer that one. Always have one of these in your cupboard. I havent had a bottle of this for afew months now thankfully as I havent really needed it but its a great back up plan.
I've suffered with my sinuses on and off for a couple of years now and after a recent cold I couldn't get rid of the stuffiness in my nose. Not only was there the bunged up feeling, but the sinus pain that comes with it left me feeling like I'd gone a few rounds with David Haye.
I went to the chemist and decided to try a spray instead of tablets and the pharmacist suggested the Otrivine Sinusitus spray.
Otrivine have a few other products including one suitable for children, especially for allergies and a range of both drops and sprays.
The Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray is the one I bought, this is suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age. It cost £3.50 in Tesco for a 10ml bottle.
The sinusitis spray is in a purple and white box, most of the other products are blue and white.
The leaflet told me that you can use it up to 3 times a day, but it claims to last up to 10 hours so this made me wonder just how good it is. To use it you tilt your had forward and spray one spray of it up each nostril and sniff it up.
This was actually the first time I had used a nasal spray, always trying tablets and inhalers instead thinking the sensation would be really unpleasant but it wasn't bad at all. Just a small mist of spray comes out so it was fine. Within minutes I could breathe out of my nose better than I have done in months! I was surprised and crossed my fingers that it would last. Not long later I could taste the spray in the back of my throat which wasn't nice but was worth it for the relief I got.
I used it around 2pm in the day, and didn't use it again that day. Even when I woke up the following morning there was a big improvement in that I wasn't as stuffy as I had been. It did last well for me and because of this I have to give it full marks.
The only negative is that you must throw the spray away within 4 weeks of opening and you shouldn't use the spray for more than 7 days at a time. With this in mind I think I wouldn't even use half of the bottle before having to throw it away and it seems a bit wasteful.
I really wish I had tried this spray a lot earlier as I have yet to find anything as effective as this for clearing my nose. It is not only for sinusitis, but can also be used for any nasal congestion from colds, hay fever or other allergies.
I would definitely recommend this for anyone who is suffering with nasal congestion. For me it worked very quickly and had long lasting effects which is hard to find.
***Otrivine Adult Nasal Spray***
I have recently caught the cold or I should say my daughter kindly shared her bug and whilst she recovered pretty much in the day and overnight, I suffered for over a week. I suffer really badly with blocked nose whenever I have cold and normally purchase Otrivine Adult Nasal spray to help me to relieve my blocked nose. I have used this product few times before whenever I suffered from blocked nose and found it really effective.
This product can be purchase at any pharmacy or big supermarket with medicine counter I believe even my local Tesco Express has it in stock too. Product comes packaged in the box with information and dosage leaflet included. Please read the leaflet before using the product to make yourself familiar with the dosage and also to make sure it is suitable for you to use. Inside the box, small white plastic bottle can be found containing 10ml of decongestant liquid. Bottle has ordinary screw top lid (not child safe).
Using Otrivine is very simple, I normally just dispense 1 spray into each nostrils. I mainly use it before bed, I simply cannot sleep with blocked nose, thankfully Otrivine works really fast and provide me with good night sleep keeping my nose unblocked for a good 8 hours at least. I occasionally use it during the day especially at work if I suffer with terrible cold which keeps spreading the germs under control as it stops my nose running.
I purchased Otrivine from Sainsburys during my weekly shop and paid £2.50 for it which I feel is very reasonable. I would definitely recommend this product for effective relief from blocked nose and would purchase it again (hopefully won't need to for very long time).
Contains active ingredient Xylometazoline Hydrochloride 0.1%.
5/5 from me.
I've used Otrivine on and off for years when I've had a cold. The simple reason is because it helps me to breathe and I hate not being able to breathe through my nose.
I've recently had a sinus infection, only the second one I've ever had and I have to say I'd forgotten just how horribly painful and nasty it is. Anyway, strangely although my sinuses have been blocked, my nose hasn't particularly so I'd not been using the Otrivine much. Then a friend of mine who's had sinusitis a fair few times suggested I try using it anyway because it helps to decongest the sinuses not just the nasal cavity.
So what is Otrivine?
Otrivine is an adult nasal spray designed to help with congestion. It contains Xylometazoline Hydrochloride which is the active ingredient that does the business.
How does it work?
Otrivine liquid comes in a small 10ml squeezy bottle. You place the nozzle just inside your nose and then squeeze the bottle whilst sniffing. A small spray of liquid enters the nose and from there it does its thing and decongests your nose and sinuses. The effect lasts up to 10 hours per go - I have to say it doesn't normally last that long for me personally, but it certainly does last a few hours at a time.
Well that's about as deep an explanation as I can manage as not being a chemist I haven't actually got a clue what Xylometazoline Hydrochloride is, or how it works. All I know is that this stuff is absolutely brilliant at helping you to breathe when a cold, sinus infection or allergy is causing you to not be able to.
There can be drawbacks to using this however, and it's fairly important to be aware of them as with any medicine. Some are just simply things like the fact that when you use this, the taste you get in the back of your throat a few minutes later can be pretty terrible and bitter which puts a lot of people off. Some however are quite a lot more important such as the fact that you should not use this if you have high blood pressure, or a number of other conditions - all of which are detailed in the leaflet that comes with this. The leaflet is pretty comprehensive however so it's quite easy to check out if there are any contraindications which might affect you.
I have to say the price of this stuff seems quite cheap to me - It may be a tiny little bottle that it comes in, but it does last well enough to get you right through the cold or sinus infection etc., and it does the job it's designed for very well, so I think that it's £3ish price tag is well worth it.
Overall, I recommend this to anyone who's suffering with congestion of the nose or sinuses. Just do remember to read the leaflet before you begin, and to throw the bottle away after you've used this rather than leaving it stored in the cupboard - this is NOT a product you want to keep and reuse, or worse still pass to someone else to use. After all, it's been up your nose!
My doctor recommended this to me when I went to see him with a cough which had gone on for weeks. He advised that part of the reason we can't get any sleep when we have a cough, is that overnight the mucus from your congested nose will fall onto your chest/throat, and this makes you want to cough. Apparently using this throughout the day and just before bed clears the airways and should help you sleep.
My doctor advised that I should follow the instructions for useage which come with the product, but he also said not to use this continuously for longer than five days. If my cough/cold hadn't cleared by then, he recommended using a natural remedy such as Olbas Oil inhalers. I had already been using Olbas Oil, but as this one sounded stronger and has an active ingredient, I was swayed to try it in the hope it might speed things up.
Otrivine is a decongestant nasal spray, designed to clear sinuses and make it easier to breathe when you are suffering from a cold, sinusitis or hayfever. It is only suitable for adults and children over 12, due to the active ingredient which is Xylometazoline Hydrochloride. It claims to start working within minutes, and lasts for up to 10 hours, and costs around £2 from supermarkets which makes it a very affordable solution to this common problem.
The spray comes in a small 10ml tube which is a good size for carrying. If you shake it you can feel the liquid inside moving around, but it had a screw top lid which makes it secure for carrying. The method of useage is to first blow your nose to clear it as best you can, then simply place the tube gently inside each nostril, press the tube to release the spray and sniff at the same time to ensure you inhale it.
I didn't really "get" this product to be honest. When I used it as an inhaler it didn't really feel like it was doing anything and I found it a bit pointless. I thought maybe I was using it incorrectly, and perhaps I should be using it like nose drops, and actually feeling the liquid touching my nose. I tried this, and it just caused a burning stinging sensation. I also realised there is a separate product in this range in the form of nose drops, so I continued to use it as a spray inhaler.
I don't know if I was just expecting more from this product because it sounded like it was going to be really strong, but to be honest I think I had more success with the menthol inhalers I've been using. This Otrivine spray did have a bit of an effect just after I'd used it, in that it made my nose feel like it was running and needed blowing again, so I guess this must have meant it was getting to work. But in all honesty this relief didn't last very long (definitely not the ten hours claimed by the manufacturers), and I found the Olbas Oil menthol inhaler much more effective, especially as you can use menthol inhalers whenever you feel you need them, but with Otrivine you're restricted to how many times you can use it. I think this was four times a day.
The product has the usual advisory information such as not using it when you're pregnant or breastfeeding, and only using it for one person for hygiene reasons and within the use by date. In my opinion, next time I get a cold I think I'll stick with the menthol inhalers.
I have suffered with badly blocked noses for the last 10 years or so and have tried several different remedies to unblock it. The worst time for me is at night times when lying down and so I began by using Olbas Oil on the pillow but then I suffered from blocked top sinuses so it was recommended by a doctor that I try Otrivine Adult Nasal Drops.
---About the product:
Otrivine Adult Nasal Drops is a decongestant designed to open up and clear the nose by reducing swelling in the nose and reducing the amount of mucus produced by the nose. It comes in a small (10ml) plastic bottle which is then in blue box which contains the instructions for use including the cautions such as children under 12 should not use it and it should not be used if pregnant or breast feeding.
To use this, you remove the cap and tilt your head back and drip 2-3 drops down each nostril, which can be done 2-3 times a day. You really need to wait a while before sitting back up again otherwise this just runs straight back out.
The first time I used this I was amazed at how well it worked. Within about a minute of using it, my nose started to clear and I needed to blow my nose to shift the blockage. Once that was done, my nose stayed clear for most of the day. It is supposed to work for about 10 hours and I have found that it can easily work for this long, although sometimes it doesn't. When I have a very heavy cold, I have had to wake in the night to re-apply as my nose was starting to fill up again.
I found it very easy to drop this into my nose, but I know a lot of other people who have had trouble with the idea of pouring drops in their nose. It took me a while to perfect the application process, but eventually I found that as I used it most at night, I laid down and tipped my head back further to make sure it went down well. When I first started using it, I did manage to completely miss my nose once and it dripped into my eye which hurt a lot, but after I washed it out with water it felt fine again.
There are warnings on the pack not to use this for more than 5 days continuously and I caution you to follow this. After having lots of need for this, I went to the doctor who said it can affect your septum with contual use. I have now started using other products no some I'm not reliant on Otrivine which is a shame as it is so effective.
I would recommend this product if you suffer from a badly blocked nose which isn't helped by inhalent decongestants. It worked well for me as long and as long as it is not needed long term, I would suggest you buy it. It costs about £3 for a bottle which is good value for the effect you get from it and it lasts for several colds if needed.
Again one of the items that have their regular spot in my medicine drawer. Suffering from occasional bad colds during winter, Otrivine is one of the items that really help. The problem with my sinuses often isn't mucus, but swelling and irritation that cause feeling of congested nose but blowing the nose doesn't help.
Otrivine Adult nasal spray comes in a plain 10ml white bottle with screw on lid. To the front there is a blue sticker with Otrivine sign, which is informing us that it is a nasal spray for adults, what are the main ingredients and there is a tiny maker's logo at the bottom (Novartis). To the back there is a white sticker with some security information (not to be used if the seal is broken, keep away from children...). Once again there is information about main ingredients and maker's details. Batch no. and expiry date can be found printed on the bottom of the bottle. The bottle comes in a small box that displays pretty much the same information as the bottle, plus directions to use and a information that firstly made me buy it - that the effect lasts up to 10 hours. Box also contains a leaflet with very detailed information about the product.
Unblocking your nose:
Even though it says Nasal Spray, I find it easier and more convenient to use it as drops (lean my head backwards and drip a few drops into my nose) rather than spray it in by pressing the bottle. That's because I just can't control amount of the liquid that I'm spraying (probably would need more practice), and I managed to press it too hard once in past and ended up getting bitter liquid down my throat. Surprisingly, even though extremely disgusting, it didn't irritate sore throat much - it stung a little, but only for few seconds and much, much less than other nasal sprays I used before. The spray doesn't irritate sinuses at all, short while after using you are forced to blow your nose and you feel the improvement immediately.
Immediate, strong and long lasting. To claim it lasts up to 10 hours is probably too much but it did last for hours, at the worst point of my colds I have to use it approx. 3 times a day for continuously unblocked sinuses.
I recommend always to check Use by date. This may sound like unnecessary thing to say, but when you're sick you don't think - just as me when I used Otrivine that was couple months older than it should be. It was like spraying acid in my nose - very irritating to both sinuses and throat my whole face hurt and it took a good while to get rid of this feeling...
Absolutely great product, and even though gentle, seems to be very strong - that's why I opt for sea water in spray if the cold is not too bad, but whenever I need a real relief, Otrivine is what I use.
Quite often when I get a bad cold my sinuses become very blocked and painful as I have been known to suffer sinusitis fairly often in the past. In the past I have tried various methods of relieving it including tablets, steam inhalation and sprays but on my latest bout I picked up an otrivine nasal spray in boots to try.
The otrivine adult nasal spray caught my attention on a stand full of similar products simply because it said it works fast and lasts up to ten hours. This seemed ideal to me on both counts as being a single mum when I get poorly I cannot stop and must carry on with all the house work as well as caring for my little boy.
The otrivine adult spray comes in a small blue and white cardboard box. We are told on the box that this product is a measured dose sinusitis spray which is only suitable for adults and children over twelve years of age. I presume this is because the product does contain a measured dose which would be too much for a child.
When you open up the box the 10ml nasal spray can be removed. The spray is like any other nasal spray in that it is plastic and has a thin nozzle which is inserted into the nostril for application of the product. To use the otrivine you should firstly blow your nose to try and clear it. You should then insert the nozzle into the nostril and spray the pump whilst sniffing at the same time. Personally when I do this I always get a bit of a shock when the spray hits my nose despite the fact that I know it is going to happen! The spray doesn't appear to have any fragrance to it but perhaps this is because when I use it I cannot smell much anyway!
Now when you have a blocked nose the basic cause is excessive nasal secretions as well as the swelling of the tiny blood vessels in the lining of the nose which makes the air passage blocked. Otrivine works by reducing both of these things thus helping you breathe more easily.
In my experience of using this product I have found that it works within minutes and to start with it feels slightly like your nose is going to start running. I presume this is just any excess liquid from the product dripping down though. Next though you do really notice that it is becoming easier to breathe and I find that if I blow my nose after a few minutes this becomes more apparent. This effect does last for a few hours but I am not sure about the full ten hours which the bottle claims! However, you can use this spray up to three times a day so it is not a big issue really. You should not use this spray for more than seven consecutive days though. Another thing to note with this product is that you do need to not use it anymore for more than twenty eight days after first opening it for hygiene reasons. Of course only one person should use the spray too for the same reason.
This product should only be used following doctors advice for the following cases:
-If you are pregnant
-If you are under a doctors care
-If you have heart or circulatory disease.
The product should also be kept out of children's reach like any other medicine.
The product cost me around three pounds which I think is quite a reasonable price to pay for a very good product which provides relief from a blocked nose and so I would certainly recommend you give it a try if you have issues with your sinuses.
Thank you for reading my review!
Having suffered from sinusitis for longer than I care to remember, I'd tried most off the shelf sinus sprays and a few prescribed by my GP. All with very mixed results.
However, after a recent dose of man flu, I stumbled across Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray, the box states "Works In Minutes, Lasts Up To 10 Hours". Is this the decongestant that I'd been searching for? I thought that I'd give it a try. At best I was hoping that a quick spray before bedtime might just keep me breathing long enough to get to sleep.
So, I followed the simple instructions and sprayed a measured dose up each nostril from the easy to use dispenser. The early signs were promising as almost instantaneously I was able to breathe through my nose that seconds before had been completely blocked. I settled down to sleep with the spray close at hand as I expected to wake up within the next 4 hours, needing another dose to get me through till morning. So when I slept right through for a good 8 hours without so much as a snuffle, I was over the moon. Another plus was that, due to having clear airways, my throat wasn't sore and my partner also got a decent nights sleep. Another quick spray then got me through the working day.
I'm really happy with this sinus spray and will use this product again.
Please be aware though that it's not suitable for children under 12 years of age and that it should not be used continuously for more than seven consecutive days.
Cost is approx £3.80, which in my opinion is a price worth paying for a good nights sleep when you have a stinking cold.
This review is for Otrivine Adult Measured Dose Sinusitis Spray. The Dooyoo category isn't very specific but hopefully this is the right place to put it.
This spray 'delivers a measured fine mist of medication'. Otrivine is a 'highly effective decongestant which acts gently within minutes to relieve nasal congestion associated with sinusitis for up to 10 hours'.
The active ingredient in this spray is Xylometazoline Hydrochloride 0.1% w/v.
It is recommended that after each cold you throw the spray away and buy a new one next time, but this isn't too much of a waste as I think you would get through most of a spray with a bad cold. It is also recommended that you do not use one spray for more than one person, to prevent cross infection. Children under 12 cannot use it, and noone should use it consecutively for more than 7 days.
The spray comes in a little 10ml plastic bottle with a large cone shaped nozzle at the top. You place the nozzle inside your nostril, and press down hard on the nozzle's surround. This squirts one dose of Otrivine up into your nose. You can then repeat on the other nostril.
Having a measured dose is a great idea because I often find with nasal sprays that I have no idea whether I have sprayed enough in. They are often difficult to control and you don't know how hard to press. But with this spray it won't dispense any spray unless you press hard enough, so it is easy to get the right dose.
I was really impressed with the results from using this. I had a completely snuffed up nose and after one dose of this I could breathe so much better almost immediately, and it lasted for a few hours. It made a huge difference and really cleared a lot of the nasal passage. It also reduced the pain I was feeling in my sinuses. After it wears off though you are back to normal, but you can take another dose after 8 hours as the maximum dosage is 3 times a day.
I would however like to mention that after a couple of days using this spray, I had the worst nose bleed that I have had in years. It's not unusual for me to have a small nose bleed for a couple of minutes when I've had a cold, but this one lasted for half an hour and was very heavy. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with the Otrivine but I thought it was best to mention it just in case.
I would recommend this spray for bad colds or sinusitis, but be careful if you are prone to nosebleeds.
The reason I'm writing this opinion is not only to recommend this product but to maybe help anyone out there who has to give these to their child. I started using these eye drops for hayfever when I was a child. Actually my Mum, my Aunt, my teacher, or which ever adult had the misfortune of looking after me at eye drop time had to use these on me. The thing was I hated having these put in my eyes, like any child I didn't like any kind of medicine but eye drops were the worst and my mum never understood why. I'll give you a list of reasons. Firstly how comfortable are you on a normal day with someone else going close enough to your eye ball to actually touch it? Now imagine you eyes are red, swollen, itchy and sore, you really don't want anyone else touching them. Then there was the technique of how they were administered, everyone who looked after me had a different way but most people generally went with tilting my head back asking me to look up. They then put one hand on my face to steady it (this is really not a comfortable position to be in) and then waved the drop bottle somewhere above my eye and sqeezed, sometimes they went in, other times they didn't (most often they didn't due to my squwirming from the uncomfy position and knowing the drops were going to sting) and had to try again. This may sound familiar to you, if it does please read on, there is a better way of doing this for both parties. So now the drops were in my eye and oh did they sting, as most children would do, my hands went straight to my eyes and started rubbing. As adults we know this is wrong but as a child my eyes didn't hurt whilst I was rubbing only when I stopped, so applying a childs logic, I rubbed! Now this went on each summer for a number of years but over time things got better. We developed a more comfortable way of getting the drops in my eyes which made me accept having them put in. Hence the screaming ta
ntrums ended. The best way we found of getting the drops in my eyes was for me to lay down on the sofa with my head hung over the arm rest, of course this depends on the structure of your sofa, so supporting the neck with a cushion to tilt the head best is probably best for most people. My mum then used a finger from one hand to gently pull down my lower eye lid. This kind of opens it up creating a little well into which she dropped the drop. This made sure the drop entered my eye properly, so only one drop had to be used, instead of drops going all over my face as I wriggeled and squwirmed from the standing head tilt position. I would then close my eyes and mum would give me one of those frozen ice packs to put on my eyes which I'd keep there for five minutes. After which I'd be back on my feet off outside to play with my friends. Ok we developed a better way of getting these in my eye but your probably wondering why I still use them as an adult and haven't found something else that doesn't sting. Well the truth is that although these drops sting at first your eyes soon adjust to them and they don't sting any more. Plus once there in they really do work. I have tried other drops which don't sting, the thing is they don't work either. So my recommendation is to stick with these drops they will sting at first (keeping your eyes closed for a couple of minutes arter using them helps) but stick with them and they will become your best friend throughout the summer months. Also wearing sun glasses helps, not only does it keep other irritants like dust getting into your eye but it stops you touching them so much. Oh one last thing, if like my mum you've been telling your child to stop complaining about having their eye drops put in, you may want to try them on yourself. For years my mum thought my wriggeling and tantrums at eye drop time were just me being fussy. A couple
of years ago she got something in her eye and couldn't find the optrex so she used my drops. I found her with her head under the kitchen tap trying to wash them out because they stung so much (Note they stung her so much as they are not ment to be used to remove foreign bodies from your eye, normally the stinging is bareable and does only last a couple of minutes). Had she realised earlier she may have handled eye drop time differently when I was a child. Finally just a reminder, read the whole information sheet which comes with your eye drops. The expiry date maybe in 2 years time but you usually find once opened they only last about a month.
Those who suffer from the dreaded hayfever will know just have aggrevating and painful your eyes get as well as the runny nose and everything else which comes with it. I use eye drops called Otrivine, readily available over the counter at around the £4 mark for a 10ml bottle. A little goes a long way with this and you'll find it will last you a while. Otrivine contains antihistermine to relieve your itchy eyes - it does however sting a little when first applied but not too uncomfortably and it does work quickly due to this ingredient. I'd recommend this to anyone who suffers from hayfever and who wants to be rid of red, itchy eyes.
Otrivine Allergy Relief 0.1% Nasal Spray; provides relief from the symptoms of nasal congestion due to colds, sinusitis and allergies, such as hayfever / Each application delivers a measured dose which works within minutes to clear a blocked nose and relieve excessive nasal secretion for up to ten hours.