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Suffering from Allergic Rhinitis as I do, I've been seen by the hospital ENT clinic several times now and my GP many more besides. I had swollen turbinates (the bits at the top of the inside of your nose) and eventually the ENT clinic did some allergy tests to determine the cause of this - I'm allergic to my own pet cats!
Since then I've tried a variety of things to try to clear my nose, including taking an antihistamine tablet every day. I've tried all three of the most common kinds of antihistamines, and while they all give me a tiny bit of relief, none of them last the full day and none of them stop me from getting a blocked up nose on a regular basis - especially when the grass pollen is out in force at the same time (yep, allergic to that stuff too).
In addition to taking a daily antihistamine I've tried the vicks and olbas nasal inhalers, a prescribed antihistamine spray and a prescribed steroid spray too - and none of them did anything worth noting. The closest thing to do anything was the olbas nasal inhaler, but the effects of it didn't last very long.
When one of my friends suggested I give her sinex a go, I didn't have high hopes for obvious reasons. But time and time again it's worked wonders for me in a matter of minutes! I was genuinely surprised the first time I tried it as it took no more than three minutes to almost completely clear the swelling up my nose. It was amazing taking the first decent breaths for months, and I was impressed to find that the effects last for hours rather than minutes.
The down side to this is that it's absolutely rank. To use this, you have to spray the strong menthol scented liquid up your nose while covering one nostril and breathing in through the one you're spraying. You WILL get a bit trickling down the back of your throat and it DOES taste vile! The smell is overpowering too, and even though I don't actually mind menthol stuff, it makes my eyes water when I use this nonetheless.
There are some warnings surrounding long-term use of decongestants like these, though I was told at the ENT clinic that there is no alternative for me. You should consult your own GP or a pharmacist about your own reasons for using this if you need to use it for longer than the seven days suggested on the packaging. I don't use this every day since I really hate the taste of it, but as a general rule I get it out if my nose feels like it's taking in less than half the air that it should.
At around £4.50 for a small 20ml bottle, this isn't the cheapest menthol decongestant available, but in my experience it's the best. It's worth paying for simply because it actually works. If you want to give it a try next time your allergies are playing up or you're suffering from a cold - you can get it over the counter from most pharmacies and supermarkets. I get mine from Tesco now.
I used Vicks nasal spray after getting a cold and a blocked nose. Over a year later, I was still using this product which was really hurting my sinuses including not being able to smell or taste either. Please do your research about how highly addictive this product is as it has a rebound effect so that when you stop using the spray, your sinuses completely close. About a month later my sinuses still aren't completely healed and I have about 50% of my ability to smell back for about 50% of the day. And the only way to stop is to go cold turkey which actually brought in anxiety attacks for me and feeling like I was suffocating. At the age of 21, this isn't something I wanted to rely on every day and everywhere which I was. I was using it up to 8 times a day.
Highly addictive! Please do your research and get it known as not enough people know and too many people are suffering with the side effects of the active ingredient in Vicks nasal spray!
I inherited malformed sinuses as well as asthma from my Nan. As a result, when I catch cold, it not only sets up shop in my lungs but heads for my sinuses and stays for the duration. Anyone who has gone through the joy that is blocked sinuses knows just how much fun the pressure headaches, ear-ache and blocked nose can be.
When that happens, with my extra-duff sinuses, I belt and brace the problem. My beloved Sudafed (original accept no alternatives) will usually clear my head and ease the pain aspect of the experience. However, I do find it not quite as good at de-bunging my nose and giving me my full sense of smell back.
For this, I pull the trusty Sinex bottle out of the bathroom cupboard.
I have been using this brand since I was a kid, as Dad - who was also unlucky in what he inherited genewise from Nan - used it and got me my own bottle when it became evident I was a blocked chip off the old block.
I have used own brand and generic versions but do always come back to Sinex.
One reason is the most important. It works. The active ingredient, Oxymetazoline hydrochloride, does do what it says on the bottle. It does open up the constricted and bunged up sinus passages. It removes the heaviness and eases the pain. I can breathe normally rather than feeling like I'm trying to breathe through a very, very narrow tube.
One to two blasts up each nostril every six to eight hours does the trick. You do need to invert the bottle before each blast, so that the nozzle can prime to fire the fluid up the nose and have the air in it to do so.
Because overuse can narrow the passages rather than open them, it is important not to overuse and not to use for longer than seven days.
The product can be used by those over the age of twelve.
I use it for episodes caused by colds, hay fever and allergies. Those with allergies are told to seek advice, along with pregnant and breastfeeding women. I don't have experience of the latter two states, but this allergy case has never had a problem with this product.
I have had problems when I didn't use it. Hence that whole ruptured eardrums while getting my PADI licence incident. As a result of that, now - I need it or am likely to need it, I use it.
And get it from Boots, where the robust, squeezy plastic bottle costs £3.85, or 385 Advantage Points.
Which is more expensive than the generic versions, but does work and has never let me down.
As I'm sure, it won't let you down either.
I have found that Sinex temporarily relieves nasal congestion caused by colds, or my hay fever and dust mite allergies. It makes the swollen nasal passages shrink and as the pressure is lessened I can breathe more easily, plus any associated headache is also relieved. The active ingredient is oxymetazoline.
When having these symptoms, I have found that it is also important to keep the intake of non-alcoholic drinks high.
Sinex is for use by those over 12 years of age. It should be taken by squeezing the bottle to spray up the nose, up to a maximum of 2 sprays for each nostril per dose. This should be done with the bottle and head upright, not tilted.
The manufacturers do not recommend that anyone has more than 3 doses in 24 hours, for a maximum of 7 days. EXCEEDING THE DOSE CAN WORSEN RATHER THAN RELIEVE NASAL CONGESTION. Therefore I make sure to save a dose for just before I settle down for the night. With the relief of symptoms, sleep comes more easily, and in the case of colds and flu a good night's sleep will help natural defences fight the virus.
If I am struggling to breathe during the day, to stop myself being tempted to exceed the daily dose, I have been known to use the old-fashioned remedy of putting my head above a streaming bowl of water, with a cloth covering head and bowl to trap the stream. Breathing in this steam then relieves the blocked sinus symptoms.
If the nasal congestion symptoms are caused by an allergy that cannot be avoided like hay fever, and for which long term relief is needed, anti-histamine could well be a better way of treating the symptoms. Do ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. I have been advised to take an anti-histamine for the worst few months that I have pollen allergies.
In the case of dust/dust mite allergies, prevention is best. Keep your home as dust free as possible, and use a mask if necessary when cleaning.
As with all medicines, do read the up-to-date information supplied with each new purchase, before using.
We have one bottle for use exclusively by each adult family member, to try to present cross-infection.
It is priced at around £3.85 for a 20ml bottle, which should last more than one lot of cold symptoms.
I have found the short-term use of Sinex a useful aid to relieve nasal congestion symptoms, which gives me the sleep I need to overcome the viruses causing colds or flu.
However, do read the instructions, and do not over-dose, as this can make symptoms worse.
I'm currently suffering from a nasty cold so thought I would review some of the products I am using to try and shift it.
I first tried the Vicks Sinex spray about 6 months ago, when I had yet another cold. My nose was ridiculously bunged up; I couldn't sleep at all because I just couldn't breathe. My husband picked up a bottle from a local Boots chemist, no prescription is required, you can buy it straight over the counter.
The bottle is quite a simple white bottle with a green lid, which has the Vicks logo on top, the bottle has a label on the front with the product name and what is it and the back has usage information and ingredients. The bottle contains 20ml and has the active ingredient Oxymetazoline hydrochloride 0.05% w/v. The bottle I have has a use by date of May 2015 so it has quite a long shelf life and you only use a very small amount so I would say it's quite good value for money, at around £3.85 a bottle (Boots).
To use the spray, you simply insert it into your nostril, hold the other one closed and give the bottle a sharp squeeze, then inhale deeply. It says to have 1-2 sprays in each nostril every 6 - 8 hours.
I was a bit wary of using it at first as I don't like the thought of spraying something up my nose but when I did eventually try it, you can't really feel anything going up apart from a strong menthol smell. The first time I did notice it had helped a bit, it's a shame you can only use it every 6 - 8 hours because it definitely doesn't last that long. I think maybe the effects last for around an hour and after that, I'm blocked up again.
Another time I used this, I think I must've squeezed the bottle too hard as it caused quite a bit of pain in my nostrils and they were sore for quite a while after, either that or my nostrils were just very sore anyway but I didn't use it again with that cold (I get colds a lot if you hadn't noticed)
I've been using this for the last couple of days with the latest cold and it helped the first night, cleared my nose up so I could get to sleep but woke up maybe an hour later and my nose was just as bad as before. Since then I haven't noticed it helping massively.
You can only use it for around three days, after that I believe it makes the blocked up nose worse.
The information leaflet (which I don't have now but did read when I first got it) mentioned possible side effects so I would definitely recommend reading it before using this for the first time.
I would recommend it as it does offer some relief but not as much as I'd like.
I have used Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray on a few occasions and to be honest, I am not very impressed with it. I bought this as it is a Vicks product and I have used Vicks Vapor Rub for many years and my own mum used to use it on me when I was a child and was congested. I had had a blocked nose, and I mean totally blocked up, for approximately a week and a half and I couldn't smell or taste anything, and I sounded terrible when I spoke. I felt totally clogged up and a friend at work had suggested I buy a nasal spray. I took her advice and immediately opted for the one by Vicks.
I bought this from a small chemist near to work and it cost £2.99. It comes in a small plastic squeezy type of bottle. You have to remove the top and then stick the pointed bit up your nostril and press the flexible plastic and sniff at the same time. I hated the sensation and it made me cough and splutter a lot the first time I tried this, however, I had not used a nasal spray before and I get a bit panicky about using anything like this for the first time. My husband told me I was being daft as he's used nasal sprays before with no problems.
My nose stung hard for a while after I'd used this and I was convinced I was 'doing it wrong'. I tried it again later the same evening, up both nostrils this time, and again I experienced a really unpleasant stinging sensation right up at the top of my nose, almost beside the eye where the tear duct is. It made my eyes water.
As for unblocking my nose, well it did, but to be honest the side effects or rather the horrible sensation I experienced just wasn't worth it. I have tried again since to use this nasal spray but I find now I panic slightly just before I press it and as a result, I know I'm not applying as much as I should be and therefore the result is that my nose is still blocked. On the upside, however, my nose isn't stinging or sore as I haven't released enough of the spray.
It's not a product that I'd use again and it's not something that I even like to use. I'd far rather put my head over a steaming bowl of Vicks Vapor Rub and breathe in the vapors the way nature intended, rather than sticking this plastic thing up my nostril.
I don't like it and only give it one star, sadly.
The idea of stuffing something up my nose and spraying is something I have always considered a bit yucky and yet after nearly a week of being bunged up late last year I decided there was nothing else but to give it a go.
The idea behind the spray is that it will shrink the nasal passages, but quiet how it does this I don't know. The process is really simple as all you have to do is put the tip of the bottle up a nostril and squirt the spray up there. The action is easy but the aftermath is awful. I don't know what happens to the spray when it goes up there but I had an awful irritation in my nose for some time.
This irritation lasted for a number of hours but when it stopped my nose did seem to be a little less blocked. I tried again the following day and while the irritation was not as bad, I did not feel that the spray was as effective when it came to unblocking my nose. The third use was pretty much as the second - not much annoyance but not much benefit.
I only used the spray for a few days and came to the conclusion that the irritation suffered was not worth the relief it gave. I have kept the bottle with the intention of only using it when I am in a situation where I have to be able to speak clearly and not be bothered by a blocked nose.
Ingredients - taken from the Vicks website.
Active Ingredient -Oxymetazoline HCl 0.05% (Nasal decongestant)
Inactive Ingredients - Benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine gluconate, citric acid, disodium EDTA, fragrance, purified water, sodium citrate, sodium hydroxide, tyloxapol.
As with most medicines and medical items, there are warnings. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart or thyroid disease a doctor needs to be consulted before this is used. The other warnings are around sharing a spray and the risk of passing on germs, and not going above the recommended dose. It also mentions burning and stinging and this could be the same as the irritation I felt.
The product should only be used for up to three days as use for longer could cause the symptoms to become worse. I have read that some people get addicted to it, but it seems to be more addicted to clearing the problem up rather than addicted to a particular ingredient. I can be sure this will never happen to me!!
I bought this with other products and cannot remember the exact price but think it was a little over £3.00
I would not recommend this unless you were really desperate to clear your nose and could not do it any other way.
Recently I had a really awful flu type bug. I felt really ill and one of the main problems I had was a blocked nose. I went to Boots and there were so many nasal decongesting products to choose from but in the end I went for the Vicks sinex soother.
==What is the Vicks sinex soother?==
The Vicks sinex solution is a nasal spray solution. It works to provide fast and soothing relief from a blocked nose which can be caused by common cold, rhinitis and sinusitis.
When I got the bottle out of the box I was surprised to see that it was made of glass. Other nasal sprays that I have used have been plastic and squeezy. Since I was really ill it took me a little while to actually realise that in order to release the product you have to gently push the nozzle down when it is in your nostril.
The nozzle pushes down easily to release a burst of the solution. In my opinion it smells like soft mints. This makes a nice change from some of the horrible scented nasal sprays you can buy.
It is recommended that you spray the product 1-2 times in each nostril. When I have used other nasal decongesting products in the past I have felt the effects instantly, this one was different. I have found that it takes 5-10 minutes before my nose starts to decongest but you can definitely feel it! After this time when I blow my nose it just all seems to come out and it lets me breathe again! I'm not saying it's a miracle and my nose is completely snot free because it still feels like I have got a cold and is still snuffly but the fact that I can breathe more easily is great.
Vicks say that this lasts up to 8 hours. During the day when I have used this the effects seem to last around 5 hours which isn't too bad. However when I use this in the night before I go to bed I don't seem to wake up during the night to blow my nose. I hate this when you have a cold!
==Price and availability==
You can find this priced between £3 and £4 in most pharmaceutical stores.
I really like this product and although I would like to say I won't be getting anymore colds in my life so won't need to purchase it again the fact is I am a human and it will happen. But when it does I will reach for this to help me through it. A great product which deserves 5 stars.
-also on ciao-
Over the last week, I've had the type of cold where my glands are up and my sinuses feel painful. My nose is blocked and the more I seem to blow my nose, the more blocked my nose seems to be and the more painful my sinuses become. I know it's only a cold and I should "man up" so to speak, but it really does make me feel rough. I've been taken Sudafed, rubbing on Vicks Vaporub and using Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray in an attempt to ease some of the symptoms and allow me to carry on as normal as possible.
A 20ml bottle of Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray cost me £3.89 from Boots - although I saw it today in Tesco for the slightly cheaper price of £3.55. I think this is a fairly reasonable price as it is a well known brand and the 20mls lasts a decent amount of time.....certainly for the whole duration of a cold. It comes in a little plastic bottle with a little nozzle at the top of the bottle which you can insert into your nostril in order to administer the solution direct into the nasal passages. The little bottle comes in a box which has comprehensive product information and patient directions enclosed.
In order to use it, I simply insert the nozzle into my nostril and give two squirts of the solution by squeezing the bottle. It does feel cold when you spray the solution into your nose, and a little of the solution runs out once you remove the nozzle - so make sure you have some tissue handy! It does sting a little when you first squeeze it in, but this eases within about 30 seconds - probably once the solution has been warmed up.
I would say that it does help in relieving the blocked feeling in my nose and in sinus pain. It takes about ten minutes for the solution to start working - and once it has started working, it probably works for about 4 hours. You are not supposed to repeat this until 6-8 hours afterwards, but I generally repeat it 4-6 hours during the day. Out of a scale of 10 in terms of discomfort, if I would score my blocked nose and sinus pain as a 10/10 before administering the Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray, then afterwards I would say it was a 4/10. It therefore doesn't get rid of the discomfort completely, but it certainly makes it a little less invasive.
Overall, I would rate this product as something that is worth trying if you have sinus pain associated with a cold. It's not a magic miracle cure, but it does help a bit.
If there is a cold going around I am usually guaranteed to get it no matter what I do. I am a big fan of Vicks Vapour rub and have a number of pots at home which I like to rub under my nose or on my chest whilst I have a cold but this time around I decided to go for something a bit more effective at the very beginning of my cold so I decided to purchase a bottle of Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray. I had read good things about it on here and so thought it was about time I tried it.
I purchased my bottle from Boots. It cost me £3.67 for a 20ml bottle. It's easily recognisable on the shelf as it has the same labelling as a regular bottle of Vicks. According to the bottle Vicks Sinex Decongestant Nasal Spray is used for the symptomatic relief of congestion. It contains the active ingredient oxymetazoline hydrochloride - a decongestant active which relieves a blocked nose by constricting the blood vessels in the nose. So, to me it makes sense that if you can actually spray this product directly up your nose it will actually get to your target point quicker than the rub and hopefully make your nose feel better quicker.
The spray is really easy to use. The top part of the bottle has a nozzle which fits into each nostril and when it is there you just spray the liquid into your nose. The first couple of times I did it I didn't get it too right and I choked a bit as you can feel it go down the back of your neck and it does make your eyes water as I think any of the Vicks products do as it has quick a eye watering smell but once you get the hang of the spray you can perfect it to work for you and to get to the right part of the nose. My nose did feel a bit funny afterwards and like my nose was dripping a little bit but that feeling soon goes away as the liquid takes effect.
The bottle suggest you use 1-2 sprays per nostril every 6-8 hours unless otherwise advised by your doctor. I mostly stuck to this advice and i have to say I do think this made my nose feel better. It didn't take away the cold completely but enough that I could get on with my day effectively. Obviously I am not a doctor so if you have any questions about this medicine I would suggest talking to them first. The bottle says this is not suitable for children under 6 and that See your doctor before taking Vicks Sinex if you suffer from, high blood pressure, any heart complaint, diabetes, thyroid disease kidney or liver disorders, if you are taking any other medicines and if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
With the winter season upon us there is one thing I can guarantee and that is that I will get the cold. A month or so ago I was suffering bad only to find out we had run out of viks rub.My hubby was off to tesco so I asked him to pick some up for me as this is one of my must haves to make me feel better.When he returned he had actually brought the nasal spray
The bottle itself is 20ml and is designed for anyone aged 12 plus. Direction tells me to insert to each nostril and spray 1 to 2 times every 6 -8 hours. The bottle is small and the lid unscrews at the top to reveal the neck of the bottle to be round and small enough to fit inside each nostril.There is a pin size whole at the top of this which lets the fumes out for the spray to do its job.There is liquid inside and as soon as you unscrew the lid you can recognise the smell of vicks.
I did as instructed and Inserted the nossle into my nose tilted my head a little back but not too much sprayed twice and repeated on the other side. It made my eyes water a little and I could smell it but it just did not seem to relieve any of the congestion. I waited a few minutes but still nothing. I forgot about it and then when I came across it 2 days later I decided to give it another go. This time I repeated as instructions stated and even though it was slight congestion still nothing happened for me not any type of relief.I did receive a horrid after taste at the back of my mouth.
I myself would not recommend it from the experience I have had and will be going back to my vicks rub however my partner found it worked well and he continues to use it now. For that reason I would say it is each to their own and would advise you try it for yourself before making a judgment on it. The sinex spray is available for around £3 in most supermarkets and chemists. Each spray only uses a tiny amount of the bottle and so far it has lasted well for my partner.
Having the awful cold that's going round at the moment I'm lugging round a whole host of products with me and one of the ones that's usually with me is Sinex Decongestant Nasal Spray. I hate having a blocked nose, especially at the moment because my cough has turned into a bout of bronchitis so breathing through my mouth makes me cough and I need to be able to breathe through my nose to avoid this. I frankly need to be able to breathe somehow!
The bottle of Sinex contains 20ml of liquid and even when first opened you will find it isn't full to the top. That's because there needs to be some gap in the bottle for the spray to actually work. The bottle has a screw on lid and a kind of nub on the top with a hole in it which is the part you put inside each nostril.
The product smells of menthol and that's because it has menthol and eucalyptus in it but it also contains oxymetazoline hydrochloride which is a vaso-constrictor and reduces swelling in the nasal membranes so more air can pass. Clever eh? The instructions for use are 1-2 sprays up each nostril every 6-8 hours and this is not to be used by children under 6. You should not use Sinex for longer than 7 days so if your symptoms persist you should see your GP. If you continue using nasal decongestants long term your nose gets so it relies on them and you need more and more to be able to breathe through your nose so when they say no longer than 7 days they mean it!
It goes without saying you should not swallow this spray and it doesn't squirt so much up your nose that it finds its way to the back of your throat so avoiding eating it shouldn't be a problem. To use then you take one stuffy nose and the Sinex spray. Remove the lid and pop the nub just inside your nostril, press the other nostril closed with one finger and squirt 1-2 sprays while you try and inhale through your nostril. I say try because I generally find I need 1 spray which I haven't got a hope in hell of being able to inhale so I leave it to shrink those nasal tissues before I follow it up with the second spray which usually gives me some relief. Repeat on the other side if the nostril that side is also blocked. That's it for 6-8 hours until you can use it again.
I find this doesn't unblock my nose for anything like 6-8 hours, I'm lucky if I get an hours relief from this spray and tend to find myself using an extra squirt way before the time's up. I don't recommend everyone does that however! It smells nice and menthol and I sometimes use Sinex in a bowl of boiling water to steam my nose and chest when I haven't got any olbas oil. It's not a bad product, it does unblock the nose for a short period of time and as we all know when you're suffering even a short period of relief is a godsend. It isn't a great product either though and it's a shame the effects don't last longer. A bottle of Sinex lasts forever it seems, it takes ages to get through it. It isn't expensive either at about £4 a bottle as it lasts so long.
A middle of the road 3 stars from me for an ok but not great product.
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There are times when I am full of cold and need a helping hand to ease congestion and unblock my nose. During those times I have bought Vicks Sinex in the past to try to help me over the worst. I have found that Vicks Sinex is a mixed bag in terms of how it works and there are other products I have used since that have been better for me.
Vicks Sinex is a well trusted product and as we all tend to opt for what we know, its one that I have opted for a number of times. In terms of what I have paid for Vicks Sinex I have to say you can sometimes find it on sale for £2.99 if you are lucky, but I would expect to budget for at least a £1 more than that in many stores.
The product is one that is very easy to use and can help towards clearing congestion if used correctly. I find that it does sting my nose when I use it but that can happen with many of the similar products that I have tried which work in a similar way. The initial squirt of the Vicks Sinex spray does make my nose run a little too, but again I have come to expect this and it seems no worse with this product than with other similar ones.
I usually find that Vicks Sinex will begin to work very quickly towards unblocking my nose and easing congestion. Within just a few minutes of having used the spray it begins to clear and ease my stuffiness which is often very welcome indeed. You do get a rather medicated menthol effect from the product when you use it but I don't mind that at all as long as the product does what it should.
The effects of the Vicks Sinex spray are meant to last for 6 to 8 hours, although I cannot say that I have found that to be the case I do find it will work for 2 to 3 hours before I end up back at square one. I found that a 20ml bottle of Vicks Sinex would last me through a cold as long as I used it carefully and did not over use it. I used 1 to 2 drops each side and left a gap of 6 to 8 hours between sprays. Towards the end of that time the congestion was as bad as it was prior to using the spray. I have tried the product either as a micro mist that you pump to spray or as a simple squeezy bottle with a pointy tip and both work just as well.
~ How do you rate it? ~
I find that the way the product works is not as long lasting as I would like which is a minus point for it. It does clear my head for a time, but the clearing effects are not as good as with some other products. If I compare this to the Sudafed nasal spray I would say I prefer that product over this one as it lasts a little better. As far as rating Vicks Sinex I would say it does work but does not last as long as the information you get might say it will. Over all I think its a useful product that I would use again so it gets a 3 star product rating.
~Anything else I should know? ~
Vicks sinex decongestant nasal spray contains oxymetazoline.
Other ingredients are menthol and cineole.
Adults and children over 6 years may take 1 to 2 sprays per nostril every 6 to 8 hours.
The product is not suitable for children under 6 years of age. Some people should not use the product
due to health considerations. If in doubt consult a GP or pharmacist and seek advice.
Do not take the product for more than 7 days.
It's that time of year again, with colds and sniffles flying about all over the place. When I get a cold, I can generally life with the sneezing, the sore throat, and the aches and pains, but I can't stand my nose being blocked up - it makes it hard to breathe, hard to sleep, and hard to talk without mispronouncing words .
So - that why I use Vicks Nasal Spray, which is available in most chemists and many supermarkets too for betwee £2 and £3 . Essentially, it's a little plastic bottle (20ml), looking a little like one you'd use for eye drops (please don't put Vicks in your eye, I don't imagine it's fun). You shove the nozzle up your nose, give the bottle a squidge, and job done!
It can be used to treat blocked noses caused by common cold, hayfever, or sinusitis. It cannot be used, for example, to treat a blockage caused by shoving an otter up there , but then as most people never find themselves in siutuation it doesn't need to . Seriously though, if your nose is blocked because you've stuck something up there, you'r best bet is to go to the doctor and get whatever it is removed .
This is so easy to use - shove the bottle up one nostril, and block off the other nostril by pressing down with a finger (if you're unsure, look at the way footballers fire snot at each other on pitches), and then squeeze the bottle a couple of times up your schnozz (adult dosage is one or two two sprays six- hourly as needed, with no more than three a day). Then, take deep breaths, and if needed, repeat on the other nostril .
I wont say using this is pleasant - in fact, it makes my eyes water, and my nose tingles for a fair while afterwards . Occasionally, I end up with the taste of the spray in my throat, which is also tingly and unpleasant. This does work though - endure those few minutes of discomfort, and you'll soon be able to smell, breathe, and talk properly again - this really is incredibly effective .
There are some downsides - this can't be used on children under six, which may be a problem for some parents .
Also, you frankly are not going to want to share your bottle with someone else, as why would you want to put your hubbys bogeys up your own nose . Don't be disgusting - so that of course means that, if your entire household is full of cold, you're going to want a bottle each .
Thirdly - this really isn't an attractive item to use in public - you'll be wanting to sneak off to use this privately, as the only people who can get away with shoving things up their nose in public are cute kids.
Its a great product though - and it really works for me, so gets the full 5 stars .
For the first time ever I have purchased and used nasal spray, part of me kind of wishes that I'd read other reviews before buying seeing as there seems to be a lot of negative press around - namely due to addictiveness!!
*Why did I buy Nasal Spray?*
I have no cold - however my sinuses feel blocked and I feel as though I am currently walking round with my head wrapped in cotton wool. Plus I have started to snore - terribly! And sniff like mad in the morning. All in all not a good look!
*Using Vicks Nasal Spray*
I must say I was apprehensive about squirting something up my nose! The actual bottle is small (similar to the size of a bottle of tippex!) and not intimidating, and the nozzle is similar to the size of a lipbalm tube so it fitted fine in my nostril without being uncomfortable. I do also have a relatively small nose as well so this should be fine for all users. To use instructions say invert, insert and squeeze whilst breathing in deeply! So I did - I expected to feel a massive shoot of spray up my nose and was prepared to choke, but I was surprised to feel nothing. Thinking it hadn't worked I removed the bottle and took a big sniff and could really tell the difference, even though my nose wasn't blocked per se (as above it was more about the sinuses!). So that was a pleasant surprise!
It wasn't unpleasant and was very easy to use once I got over the initial shock. The effects have lasted since I last used it (at 10am) though whether it would be as effective if I had a completely blocked nose I am unsure.
The whole point of a nasal spray is to "loosen the mucus" I guess so you can "get rid of it" thorugh your natural processes! I did, for about the first hour, feel a little bit snottier, and just wanted to blow my nose constantly. However once I had blown my nose I was still left with the advantage of being able to breathe without my nose immediately "blocking up" again.
I have so far encountered none, but potential side effects are listed on the instructions. I have been using sparingly as I do have high blood pressure and so I need to be careful with all over the counter medication, but so far no problem!
Nowhere in the information given is listed the possibility of addiction, however it does warn that overuse can result in you not being able to breathe without it - and it is not recommended to use for more than 7 days continously.
*Price and Availability*
I only bought this as I was confident of the Vicks brand and because it was on offer for £3.50 in Morrisons! It is available in most supermarkets as well as pharmacies so if you do really need some you shouldn't have to hunt to find!
I have had a pleasant experience with this, but I will heed caution over potential addiction and struggling to breathe without. I believe using the stated dosage will benefit me over a short period - and if my sinuses continue to play up I will be off the doctors I think rather than relying on this!
Coincidentally this has also helped my bruising issue .... as I no longer snore as loudly I no longer get prodded awake at night!!!
Good for a short term fix - not for a long term solution!
New / Provide fast &amp; soothing relief from a blocked nose.