oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - A review of nasal preparations : ear, nose and throat



Glands in the nose produce mucus, which moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifies the air, traps and clears inhaled foreign matter and fights infection. Changes in the mucus production, i.e. increased mucus or a change in consistency, occur in the presence of an allergen or infection, with the resulting symptoms of congestion and a runny nose. A nasal preparation is used to treat a blocked, runny and itchy nose, and to alleviate the symptoms of sniffing and sneezing. This article considers available nasal preparations in South Africa.


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