Nasal Spray vs. Sinus Wash: Choosing the Right Option for Symptom Relief

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Nasal Spray vs. Sinus Wash: Choosing the Right Option for Symptom Relief

Confused about whether to use a nasal spray or sinus wash for cold, hayfever or sinusitis symptom relief? Discover when to use each option and find the right solution for your nasal congestion needs.

So you’ve heard that washing or cleansing the nose can be effective for fighting off cold symptoms but should you try a saline nasal spray or sinus wash? What’s the difference anyway? Hopefully, the following tips and advice will help you decide…

Importance of nasal and sinus washing:

Viruses responsible for the common cold can be breathed in through the nose and lodge in the nose or the back of the throat. Once there, they can linger, fester and multiply, eventually causing common cold symptoms e.g. runny or blocked nose, sore, dry throat, coughing and sneezing.

Washing the nose regularly, preferably daily, with a preservative-free, isotonic saline can help. However, there are two common approaches, and it is important to understand how they differ:

When to Use a Nasal Spray

A preservative-free saline nasal spray can help clear viruses and inflammation from the nasal tissues particularly near the entrance of the nose, however if viruses are lodged further at the back of the nose or in the sinuses and throat, a more thorough cleanse is required.

When to Use a Sinus Wash

A large volume sinus wash is considered more heavy duty! It’s also known as a rinse, flush or douche. It can help clear away viruses and inflammation from the nasal tissues AND the back of the nose, the sinuses and the throat.

Which One is Right for Me?

• Mild Nasal Congestion: If you only have mild nasal congestion then a preservative saline spray like FLO Saline Plus and FLO Nasal Mist or if you are on the go try a moisturising nasal spray that aids natural nasal immunity against cold viruses, bacteria and irritants, like FLO Travel.

• Severe Symptoms: If your symptoms are more severe a sinus wash like FLO Sinus Care may be more helpful in relieving symptoms.

Find the right nasal and sinus solutions for your needs and start experiencing relief today. Visit your local pharmacy or explore our online product finder for more information.



Healthdirect. Colds. Last reviewed April 2022. Available at: (accessed March 2023).

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