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Vicks Nasal Spray - Once tried easily forgotten.
Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray
Member Name: Karonher
Vicks Sinex Nasal Spray
Date: 05/03/13, updated on 05/03/13 (94 review reads)
Advantages: Does work a little bit- but just a bit
Disadvantages: Awful irritation and not a great deal of benefit
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.
Summary: I wont buy this again.
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