Why You’re Probably Using Nasal Spray the Wrong Way

by Sarah Spigelman Richter + Lisa Hirsch Lozano 2:54 PM, June 23, 2017

Aired June 23, 2017

Doctor of Pharmacy Stacia Woodcock stopped by to correct “oops” you’re-doing-it-wrong medicine moments.

Like this surprising tip -- don’t inhale your nasal spray.

You know that awesome (read: gag-inducing) taste you get when you inhale your nasal spray? According to Dr. Woodcock, that’s because you’re not supposed to inhale it!

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She recommends angling the spray toward the outside of your nose and not inhaling, just letting it coat your nostrils. Buh-bye terrible taste!