“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Nasal spray / Decongestant „
One of the main symptoms of my hay fever is a blocked nose. This can really get me down in summer when I cannot only breathe through it properly but I sound all whiney and as though I have a cold when I don't.
I usually only use Sudafed nasal spray as I find that this is the one that works best for me personally but I have tried other ones too. I tried the Tesco one because it was cheap at only a pound and I thought it was worth seeing if it was any good at that price.
The decongestant comes in a little white plastic bottle with a nozzle that you just put in your nostril while squeezing the bottle and breathing in through your nose so that the spray can reach your nasal passage.
The first thing I noticed about this was that it didn't seem to be releasing nearly enough spray in to my nose so I tipped my head back so that I could squeeze a drop in to my nose and it tasted absolutely vile. I thought I was going to be sick when it went from my nose to my throat and this was only from one drop.
After I squeezed the drop in to each nostril it did start to work though nowhere near as good as I was used to with the Sudafed one. I could feel my nose unblocking but it still felt as though it was slightly blocked even after half an hour and it never felt as though it had completely unblocked my nose. It did make having a blocked nose more bearable but I would rather spend the extra money and buy the Sudafed one which unblocks my nose completely. This also didn't give the same level of relief when it came to how long it lasted either as I found that it only lasted for about 3 hours before my blocked nose came back.
I would use this again but only if I couldn't get a hold of my usual one as it did work just not as well as I am used to. As with all nasal decongestants you shouldn't use this for more than a few days at a time.
A few weeks ago I ended up with yet another cold, and felt a bit bunged up and snotty - and just wished I felt better. I was fed up with having a blocked nose, especially at night because breathing through my mouth was giving me a sore throat and it was making me wake up a bit grumpy and stressed, so I knew I needed to try something to ease my congestion and make me a happier Laura all round!
~*~ Tesco Decongestant Nasal Spray ~*~
This decongestant nasal spray is to be used for the relief of nasal congestion associated with colds, catarrh and hay fever. It can be found in the same aisle in Tesco with the pain killers and other cold and flu remedies - however if you are looking to combine more than one type of decongestant check the packaging worse to make sure they are compatible, don't want anyone to overdose on it and make themselves ill! It should only be used on over 12 years of age - however you can get saline nasal drops for little ones if they are suffering with blocked noses and given it's coming into winter and with lots of colds and RSV going about it will be something lots of mum's will be using - especially for feeds!
~*~ Is it any use at decongesting? ~*~
Its average put it that way, if you're suffering with some serious blocked nostrils this won't shift it - not even a little bit. This stuff is meant for those, who have a bit of a blocked nose, just enough to annoy and cause a bit of extra effort to breathe through your mouth. If you're in the latter category then get one of these and stuff it up your nose and have a squeeze, it might help you breathe a little bit better. The problem is, you can only use it twice a day - and if you've got a blocked nose which no amount of blowing is shifting, twice a day isn't going to be enough! The thing is if you look at the leaflet that comes with it, it tells you if you want to use it with any other medication to consult your doctor first - and that if you're on depression medication not to use this spray... I'll admit the congestion was driving mad so I took the small red decongestant pills that are readily available - and had no adverse reactions to taking them both. So if you are concerned talk to your Doctor first but, it didn't do me or anyone else I know any harm!
The paperwork says you can have two squirts up each nostril twice a day, I decided in the end to have those squirts just before bed with some paracetamol and some other cold remedy to help me sleep. However it says, if you use it just before bed it'll sort you out throughout the night, which I will say is rubbish. It sorted me for about 4 or 5 hours before I woke up feeling snuffly again, and wishing I could breathe properly, so it will get you to sleep but you will wake up feeling bunged up again a few hours later. This two squirts twice a day is a poxy amount to be allowed it just doesn't do anything to help you in the day time, especially if you've been trying to blow your nose to help get it moving, this is a nice way to give your nose skin a break. After a while I gave up, and stuck my head over a hot bowl of water and steamed it all out - worked more effectively before bed than this spray did.
During the day time it was acceptable, because for the most part I was too busy to notice my nose was blocked and only really needed it when I got a rare chance to sit down and eat or drink. At that point it provided enough relief to help me get through meal times, and back out onto the ward again without being out of breath so that was a bonus for me. Still only at two squirts a day, and three meals a day it's fallen short again unfortunately, after using it even during the day it doesn't last more than an hour or so before you're feeling bunged up again so it's definitely short lived relief!
Using it can be a bit traumatic too, it suggests squeezing it up your nose - so it sprays out, but half the time you'd get the squirt of an asthmatic ant and it would barely be worth counting it as one go of your two per nostril! That and the fact that it smelt like a dodgy kind of Vicks, I know it's not meant to smell exactly the same, but it just wasn't a nice smell to be stuffing up your nose - especially if you were beginning to get better and you were starting to smell things a bit more, and well the scent lingered as well - so by the time I was getting better I didn't want to use it at all. The only plus I can give this is that the bottle is big enough, and soft enough so that when you go to squirt it you don't have to put a massive amount of effort into squeezing it, which is important when you're poorly and lack energy. You get a good amount in the bottle though 15ml which might not seem like a lot but is, even though after a week you're not allowed to use it anymore anyway, you have to go and see your Doctor - after a week I gave up anyway and there's still over half a bottle left. Not that you could share a bottle, think about all the germs! Using this too much though can leave your nose swollen or discoloured, which if you're congested, your nose will probably be swollen anyway but still stick by the warnings people!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
Tesco funnily enough! For... £1 if you really want to try it!
I have always suffered from sinus congestion which always seems to get worse at night when I am lying down and trying to sleep. I also have a slight allergy to dairy products which also causes my sinuses to block. As you can imagine having blocked sinuses is not a pleasant thing and the feeling of being unable to breathe through my nose is horrible. Because of this I have been using a decongestant spray for ages and it is something that I always have in the house.
The Tesco decongestant spray is a bit of a bargain as it only costs £1.50 and for your money you get a little tube that contains 15ml of product which is enough to last a few weeks of using it sparingly every day.
The spray contains Oxymetazoline Hydrochloride which is a decongestant that helps to clear blocked noses by shrinking the blood vessels. You are supposed to only use it a maximum of twice a day and it apparently gives relief for up to 12 hours at a time.
To use the spray you just place the tip of the spray in your nostril and squeeze the tube twice while breathing in through your nose to release the spray and allow it to get to work. Isn't the most pleasant of things to be inhaling but at the same time it isn't as bad as you might expect either. The only time that I really dislike it is when the tube is starting to get a little empty and I have to tip it forwards and a drop two of the liquid inside gets into my nasal cavity and I end up swallowing it as it has a really unpleasant taste.
The spray starts to get to work within a few minutes of using it and I can feel my nasal cavities start to feel less constricted and my breathing becoming a little easier. The packet states that it lasts for 12 hours but in reality this is wildly exaggerated and I find that it gives about 2 to 3 hours of relief tops. I find that this is enough if I am only taking it at bedtime and just want my breathing to be a little bit easier so that I find getting to sleep less troublesome.
The downside to this decongestant spray is that although it is amazing value at only £1.50 the strength of it isn't as good as some of the more expensive ones on the market and I wouldn't even consider using this if I had a really bad cold or serious congestion. It is fine for mild congestion as it does give me relief but I have used it before when my nose has been totally blocked and it barely done a thing to help. As I tend to use a decongestant spray on a regular basis I do keep buying this to have around the house when I need it but I also buy a better one that I keep for those occasions when my nose is proving to be more troublesome than this can handle.
As this is a medicine there are a few things that you need to be aware of when using it. The main thing is that you can only use it twice in a day but also you are not supposed to use it for more than 7 days at a time as it can actually cause your congestion to become worse. It can also cause local skin irritation. People who cannot use the spray include those under the age of 12, breastfeeding mothers and those on certain anti-depressants.
For the money this is a handy little spray to keep around the house for those times when you need a little extra help with your breathing. It comes in handy for those people who suffer from hay fever, cold sufferers and people like me who suffer from sinus congestion. It isn't the strongest decongestant spray that you can get but if you only have slight congestion then this works just fine. For seriously blocked noses I would recommend that you try something else instead.
I seem to be having some problems at the moment with my nose - primarily my sinuses, to be exact. I have been experiencing immense pain around the eyes and cheeks and my nose is always blocked. I asked the doc for some antibiotics, thinking they were possibly infected, but he said they weren't and wouldn't give me anything other than a prescription for a nasal spray, told me to steam my face / head over a bowl of hot water, and then said if I was feeling 'really brave', I could snort from the back of my hand a mixture of bicarb, salt and water mixture and wait for the clear out. I'm not too sure about his last suggestion so I have opted for (what I consider) the safest option and I've bought myself some Tesco's own brand nasal spray. I hadn't tried this before but asked the pharmacist what she thought and this is what she suggested. Also, it was considerably cheaper than the prescription!
This Tesco nasal spray is 15ml in size and only set me back a measly 99p so I didn't think that was going to break the bank. The spray comes in a cardboard box and comes complete with instructions and all the usual safety warnings. It is no good at all if you are a kid under the age of 12 - so hands off!
The product is very easy and simple to use and comes in a plastic tube. I just gently squeeze it twice a day up each of my nostrils and that does the trick. I cannot honestly say that it clears them out totally, but there is a certain amount of 'clearance' and more importantly for me (and the wife) is that I am not lying there breathing through my mouth all night and making a right old racket. I am definitely getting a much better night's sleep.
I only use this stuff twice a day (as per the recommendations) but once it does start to work, I find it is keeping me relatively problem free for most of the day (and night). It doesn't hurt my sinuses quite so much whenever I bend my head forward now, which is a massive relief.
Overall, I am very pleased with this great little product from Tesco. It is cheap and effective and very easy to use. What more could I ask for?
Having recently been suffering from a cold, I went down to tesco to get some nasal spray to treat it. I have always used fix sinus relief, although this is very expensive. They didn't have any of my usual stuff on the shelf, so I de died to look for something else. I spotted this for only 99p. I decided to give it a try because it was extremely cheap. I have tried other tesco health products and found them all to be very useful. I will now go into further detail on this product.
It comes within a cardboard box. The box has instructions on how to use the product. Within the box is the tube, it's white and contains 15 ml of liquid. The tube has a lid which screws on and off to protect it and stop it from evaporating. There is also instructions for use on the back, it tells you not to use if you are under 12, so really it's an adults product. Overall it's a very basic design, but it looks nice and you can't complain about it due to the very low price :)
You are advised to spray up each nostril twice. I find you have to squeeze rather hard to get the spray to work. You inhale it and you can feel it going up your nose! I can't say it's a nice feeling at all, but it will work. You should use this up to 2 times daily, so in theory when you use it, it should last for a while. I found that it did start to clear my nose and I felt a little less bunged up. When using other products they tend to clear it all, this didn't clear it all. I felt I could breath better but wasn't completely happy. I think you get what you pay for, it's almost 4 times cheaper than other products so you can expect a less quality product. I still found it useful, it also lasted a long time. I used it for a week and there is still plentiful left in the tube. I probably will not be buying again, but if it was the only thing left I would use it again. I found it useful to use before bed though, I got a much better sleep after a couple sprays of this. So I am happy.
It's a very cheap product and if you want a bargain this definately is for you. It will work and if you have a light cold it should hep dramatically, if your heavily bunged up I would advise typing something else. Overall I'm happy I tried it and it's got a lot of use.
Thanks for reading. I am going to be giving this 3 stars because it's practical, easy to use and cheap. Another decent tesco product again!
I picked up one of these for just £1 from Tesco when I was suffering from nasal congestion, again.
The nasal spray comes in a different package to the nasal sprays that I normally use. This one needs to be squeezed in order for the spray to be dispensed into your nostrils. I don't actually feel anything shooting up my nose as it's more like a mist compared to a normal nasal spray. I found this a little odd at first but you soon get used to it. There's enough "mist" in the package to last you a decent length of time. The package is also small and compact so it is easy to carry out and about with you.
The nasal spray doesn't really make a difference to my breathing. I certainly didn't feel a difference and I had used the spray on a number of different ccassions. The spray also made my nose feel quite irritated and itchy, which was a little annoying. The spray is supposed to unblock the nasal passages, leading to clearer breathing. Unfortunately this wasn't the case as my nose still felt stuffy and blocked after using the spray and I did use it as directed. The spray also made me sneeze!
The spray is easy to use though and maybe it'd work for you. It just didn't work for me so I won't be buying it again. I would have been better off paying extra for a better quality nasal spray.
A waste of time and money!
I have recently tried out the Tesco nasal decongestant spray and this is my review.
I did not actually buy the Tesco nasal spray but the last time I had a bad cold my daughter gave this spray to me cos I felt like my nose was very blocked up. She had bought the spray for herself but had never used it and she told me that she bought it from Tesco for a good price and it was only £1.10.
The spray is in a plastic bottle with a nozzle at the top which you put up each nostril one at a time and squirt the bottle. The liquid in the bottle is supposed to go down each nostril and help to unblock your nasal tubes and help clear a blocked nose.
The spray comes in a cardboard box and has a leaflet in the box to so you should read all the instructions before you use any health care product and make sure it is suitable for you to use before hand. If you have any other health conditions or take any other medications then not every health product will be suitable for you so you should always read the labels and instructions carefully.
When I was ill I had a very stuffy nose and could not taste anything or smell anything. My nose was streaming constantly and I had to keep blowing it. When I blew my nose my ears were popping and I really felt rotten. I have used nasal sprays before and have found that some of them are quite good so I was pleased when my daughter gave me the Tesco Nasal spray to try out.
The smell of the Tesco spray is quite strong and it smells of a minty fragrance like menthol. I usually use Vicks when I am loaded with the cold and the smell of the Tesco Nasal spray reminded me of the smell of Vicks. I thought that the smell was nice but it was quite strong.
If I have a heavy cold I normally use my electric face steamer with some menthol oil or menthol crystals in the water. This helps to unblock my nose and helps me breathe through my nose more easily. The Tesco Nasal spray had the same effect as using the face steamer but it was not as inconvenient as I could just put the nozzle up my nose and squirt and it was all over with quickly. Sometimes when you are not feeling well you can not really be bothered with plugging in a face steamer and measuring out menthol crystals etc. I liked how the Tesco spray was quick and easy to use.
The way the Tesco spray worked was about the same as using the face steamer. It did clear my blocked nose and I felt less stuffy after using it. I thought that my nose was easier to blow and clear once I had sprayed the nasal spray and I could smell the menthol minty smell once I had used it. I thought that the slightly clearer feeling in my nose lasted about an hour after I had sprayed it up my nose which is about the same as the feeling would last if I had used the face steamer.
I thought that the Tesco Nasal spray was easy to carry about with me as the bottle is quite small and is only 15ml. I could pop it into my handbag when I was going over to see my daughter and this was good for me as I wanted to use it quite often to try and help my blocked up nose.
I would suggest giving the Tesco Nasal spray a try out as I thought it was easy to use and the effects were quite good. I would probably only buy it for myself if I really could not be bothered getting my face steamer out cos I felt so ill or if I had no Vicks or menthol oil in the house cos I felt it did as good a job as any of these other things. I thought it was a good price and not to dear and I liked how I could take it around with me and it was not heavy or bulky to carry.
When it comes to colds and flus and I suffer rather alot with them one way and another. I always seems to snivelling or coughing and because of that I end up trying a lot of things to try to alievate my symptoms.
This costing £1.10 a bottle in Tesco was bought a couple of weeks back when my nose was so blocked I thought I was gonna die through lack of air in my body. I looked at higher priced and branded products than this and opted for this one seeing I was making rather a saving for a product that probably worked just as well as its more expenisive counterparts.
The spray comes in a white and turquoise box and on the front of it there is a photograph of the spray, spraying out some liquid and we are told that it is Tesco Decongestant Nasal Spray, Oxymetazoline 'For relief of nasal congestion associated with colds, catarrh and hayfever' and we are also told that it is 15ml in size. Other information listed on the box includes being given dosage instructions and warnings, ingredients and contact details for Tescos. Inside the box you get a white plastic spray bottle and on the front, again we are told what it is and on the back, again dosage instrcutions are yet again given as are warnings and size. There is also a pamphlet that comes within the box and on that yet more medical information and warnings are given on it. Informative packaging this is and nice enough to look at too.
The Product Itself:
Well as I have mentioned already this spray comes in a white, easy to squeeze small and handy bottle. It has a twist on/off cap to the top of it then you simply remove that and there is a slim plastic smooth section you simply pop up or near to your nostril and you gently squeeze the bottle and inhale as you do so. You can use a squirt up each nostril just twice a day or use it at night if you suffer with hayfever badly in the mornings to help alieviate those symptoms too as you sleep.
Using it is ever so simple. Just squeeze and breath and you get a wet feeling up the nostril which isn't hot or anything uncomfortable and it has a minty, menthol smell to it much like Vicks products do. It's a nice enough smell and really not too harsh at all. I was worried with it being a wettish spray it may trickle to the back of my throat but thankfully it doesn't do that at all providing you simply use it as directed.
However for me this product simply isn't effective enough sadly. I have tried other branded products of this type before which I have found to help with my symptoms, even if that was only for the short term but even as I'm snorting this up my nose I can feel very little effect given off. If you want to be generous to it I suppose it helps slightly but really, thats only very slightly indeed and offers no serious relief at all and I certainly haven't felt able to breath better after this or that it has clear my head at all. Whether this works for hayfever, I don't know is the answer to tht one but personally I can't see it would help with anything at all!
Too weak menthol wise and a worthless product in my humble opinion!
Only available in Tesco stores.