Know your device

Nasal Spray

  1. Blow your nose so that it is not full of mucous
  2. Shake the bottle
  3. Remove the cap
  4. Gently insert the tip into a nostril with your head upright or bent forward slightly
  5. Spray the dose into the nose whilst sniffing gently (Do not sniff hard)
  6. Repeat in the other nostril
  7. Tip your head forward for about 30 seconds to allow the spray to find its way into the caverns and crevices of the naso-pharynx

Tip: Do not tilt your head backwards or sniff hard after spraying. You want the medication to work in the nose, not at the back of the throat.

Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)

  1. Remove cap
  2. Shake the pump
  3. Exhale fully
  4. Put pump in mouth between teeth
  5. Use your lips to seal around the pump
  6. Press and inhale in one movement.
  7. Remove the pump from mouth
  8. Hold your breath
  9. Exhale through your nose
  10. Repeat if needed

See: How Asthma Pumps Work In The Lungs

Tip: It is important to inhale and actuate the pump at the same time.

Always use your medication as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

Controller vs. Reliever medications

We use controller medications and reliever medications in asthma and allergic rhinitis.

People with asthma and allergic rhinitis need to use their controller medications every day in order to maintain control of their symptoms and to prevent long term lung changes that affect lung function.

Reliever medications are used when symptoms are triggered like an allergen, or infection with a virus. Reliever medications can be used on an ‘as needed’ basis.

Spot The Symptoms

Ever wondered what the difference is between allergies, asthma and colds & flu? Find out with our handy guide.

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