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Why Its Important To Use A Saline Spray

Why Its Important To Use A Saline Spray

Written by:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.

If you're someone who suffers from allergies or congestion, you're probably familiar with nasal sprays. However, did you know that using a saline spray before your medicated nasal spray can make a big difference in how effective and well-tolerated it is?

Saline sprays are often a mixture of salt and water, which can help to clear out excess mucus and debris in your nasal passages.

Here's why you should make it a habit to use a saline spray before your nasal spray, along with some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of this practice.


First, using a saline spray before your nasal spray can help to moisten and soothe your nasal passages. This can make it easier for your nasal spray to penetrate the nasal tissues and provide relief from congestion or allergies.

Additionally, saline sprays can help to flush out irritants or allergens that may be lurking in your nasal passages, which can reduce inflammation and irritation.

To use a saline spray effectively, it's important to follow a few simple tips:

  • Make sure to use the saline spray before your medicated nasal spray, to allow it to moisten your nasal passages and prevent irritation. 

  • You could also consider using a saline spray  again afterwards, 10-15 minutes after your medicated nasal spray. This will help loosen any mucus that may have been previously stuck in your sinus passages. 

  • Make sure to keep your saline spray clean and properly stored, to avoid introducing any bacteria or germs into your nasal passages.

In conclusion, if you're looking for a simple and effective way to enhance the effectiveness of your nasal spray and protect your nasal passages, using a saline spray beforehand is definitely worth considering.

By following these tips and tricks, you can help to soothe and moisturize your nasal passages, while also flushing out any irritants or allergens that may be causing congestion or irritation.