Nazal sprays are a great way to get rid of a runny or stuffy nose — but only if used correctly and in the right situations. However, many of us in Singapore are still unsure of how exactly nazal deongestant sprays work and what they can be used for. At Sato Pharmaceutical, we understand how important it is to practise safe and responsible use of medical supplies. As such, we’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about nazal sprays in Singapore to address your common concerns:
1. What conditions can nazal decongestant sprays be used to treat in Singapore?
In and beyond Singapore, over-the-counter (OTC) nazal decongestant sprays are often used to treat symptoms of allergic rhinitis, sinus infections, and colds. These symptoms can include congestions, sneezing, and a runny or stuffy nose.
However, prescription nazal sprays containing medicinal drugs can also be used to treat flus and conditions such as osteoporosis in women, but can only be prescribed with a doctor’s diagnosis.
2. Is there a possibility of getting addicted to nazal spray use?
OTC nazal sprays do not contain any components that can cause the physiological cravings that mark an addiction. However, there is a rebound effect that can happen when your nose becomes less responsive to the effects of your nazal decongestant spray, causing you to have to use it more often to control any congestions in the nose.
To prevent this from happening, ensure that you get quality nazal decongestant sprays from credible brands in Singapore such as Sato Pharmaceutical. By only using high-quality nazal decongestant sprays, your symptoms should disappear within three days, thereby preventing any rebound effect from occurring from prolonged periods of use.
3. How often should I use my nazal spray?
As most OTC nazal sprays in Singapore are non-medicated, you can technically use them as often as desired or as and when you deem necessary. But to prevent the above-mentioned rebound effect from happening, we recommend sticking to using it once or twice per day with at least a 3-hour interval in-between, with up to 6 sprays per nostril each time.
4. Are nazal sprays safe for children?
While the formula of most OTC nazal sprays in Singapore are indeed safe for use by children, most nazal decongestant pumps are designed for adult dosages which makes it difficult to ensure that you’re not overusing the nazal spray when it comes to younger children. As such, we recommend not using nazal sprays without a doctor’s advice for children below the age of 7.
5. Can a bottle of nazal spray be shared amongst numerous people?
There should not be any sharing of nazal decongestant sprays, as doing so can lead to potential spread of infections. Nazal sprays past the expiry date should also be discarded immediately, as the liquid can easily be contaminated with dirt or bacteria.
6. Should I be worried if I accidentally get some nazal decongestant into my eye?
Getting OTC nazal decongestant into your eye is no serious cause for concern, and will not cause any direct damage to the eye. Simply refrain from rubbing your eyes before rinsing the decongestant off with water to prevent any discomfort.
7. Where can I buy high-quality Japanese nazal spray for allergies?
Sato Pharmaceutical provides the best Japanese nazal decongestant sprays in Singapore, which can be used for allergies, sinus infections, and the aforementioned conditions in the first question.