Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
The main symptoms of a cold are nasal congestion and discharge. It can be associated with a cold (acute or chronic rhinitis) or an allergic reaction. Some believe that a runny nose will go away on its own without therapy. But this is a common misconception. Often, untreated rhinitis leads to the development of sinusitis, frontal sinusitis or sinusitis.
Along with antiviral, antibacterial, or antihistamine oral therapy, patients are often prescribed topical agents in the form of drops or sprays to treat the common cold. The latter can belong to different pharmacological groups. Our experts have conducted research and ranked the best vasoconstrictor, saline, natural and hormonal sprays for the common cold.
- Rating of the best sprays from the common cold
- The best vasoconstrictor sprays for the common cold
- Nazivin Sensitive
- Xymelin Eco with menthol
- Otrivin complex
- Best seawater sprays for rhinitis
- Aqualor software
- Aqua Maris strong
- The best sprays for the common cold with herbal ingredients
- Euphorbium compositum
- The best hormonal sprays for the common cold
Rating of the best sprays from the common cold
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best vasoconstrictor sprays for the common cold||1||Nazivin Sensitive||195 RUB|
|2||Xymelin Eco with menthol||153 r|
|3||Otrivin complex||234 RUB|
|Best seawater sprays for rhinitis||1||Aqualor software||RUB 311|
|2||Aqua Maris strong||367 r|
|The best sprays for the common cold with herbal ingredients||1||Pinosol||156 r|
|3||Euphorbium compositum||521 RUB|
|The best hormonal sprays for the common cold||1||Avamis||691 r|
The best vasoconstrictor sprays for the common cold
Often, with a runny nose, the vessels of the mucous membrane of the nose and nasopharynx dilate, and this provokes swelling and impaired free breathing. Vasoconstrictor sprays, acting on the adrenaline receptors of peripheral vessels, cause their constriction. The therapeutic effect is manifested in the elimination of puffiness, acceleration of mucus removal and cleansing of the nasal passages.
The first place in the rating is occupied by the spray from the common cold Nazivin Sensitive. Its marketing authorization is owned by a German pharmaceutical company, and the drug is now manufactured in France. The active ingredient is oxymetazoline. It is a vasoconstrictor – it causes narrowing of blood vessels and a decrease in blood flow in them.
Nazivin Senstiv is available in two dosages: 11.25 μg / dose (for children from 1 year to 6 years old) and 22.5 μg / dose (for adults and children over 6 years old). The spray begins to act within 3-5 minutes, and the effect remains, according to the manufacturer, for 12 hours. Given that oxymetazoline does not have a systemic effect with local intranasal application, it is allowed to use this spray for pregnant women, but without exceeding the dosage.
In the reviews, patients note that it is the premium line of Sensitive sprays of all the drugs with the name Nazivin that they like most of all, since it does not dry the mucous membrane and has a more modern dosing system. Nazivin Sensitive is deservedly in the ranking of the best, because it does not contain preservatives, and this reduces the risk of developing unwanted side reactions.
- reduces swelling of the mucous membrane and nasal discharge;
- takes effect 3-5 minutes after injection;
- the effect lasts for 12 hours;
- does not have a systemic effect on the body;
- does not contain preservatives;
- has a practical dispenser.
- with uncontrolled use, addiction may develop.
Xymelin Eco with menthol
The second place in the rating was taken by the Xymelin Eco spray with menthol. The marketing authorization for this drug is Norway, and it is produced in Germany. The active ingredient is xylometazoline (a local vasoconstrictor). The spray contains levomenthol and eucalyptol as auxiliary components.
Xymelin Eco with menthol is used to treat rhinitis in children over 10 years old and adults. The vasoconstrictor effect occurs 2 minutes after injection, and the effect lasts for 12 hours. When applied topically, xylometazoline is practically not absorbed into the systemic circulation.
In the reviews, patients note that they like the quick onset of action and its duration in this spray from the common cold, as well as the pleasant menthol cooling effect. The spray does not dry out the mucous membrane and in most cases does not cause other side effects. But it has a design flaw. The short 'collection tube' does not allow the drug to be completely used up.
- the presence of levomenthol and eucalyptol in the composition;
- soft and fast action with a prolonged effect;
- lack of preservatives;
- does not dry the mucous membrane.
- short 'aspiration tube' in the vial to keep all the medicine from being used up.
The third in the ranking of the best is the Swiss nasal spray Otrivin complex. It contains 2 active ingredients: xylometazoline (vasoconstrictor) and ipratropium bromide (reduces nasal secretion). This drug not only relieves nasal congestion by making it easier to breathe through the nose, but is guaranteed to get rid of nasal rivulets.
Otrivin complex spray has been used since the age of 18. In both nostrils, one injection is made no more than 3 times a day. The first vasoconstrictor effect appears 3-5 minutes after intranasal administration and has a persistent effect for 4-6 hours. If the recommended doses are not exceeded, then Otrivin complex will not cause irritation or redness of the mucous membrane.
Reviews about this remedy for the common cold are mostly positive. Patients are very pleased that the nose does not just start breathing with Otrivin, but also does not have to wipe it over and over again from the running 'streams'. The pump dispenser for the product is convenient and works properly. The drug is well tolerated by most patients, but in some, during the application of this spray, nosebleeds begin to flow.
- begins to act within 3-5 minutes;
- the effect lasts for 4-6 hours;
- not only pierces the nose, but also reduces nasal secretion.
- provokes nosebleeds.
Best seawater sprays for rhinitis
In pharmacies, sprays containing isotonic and hypertonic solutions are sold. Isotonic means that the concentration of salts in them does not exceed 0.9%. It has a delicate effect on mucous membranes and is suitable for a runny nose, provoked by a cold or an allergic reaction.
The hypertonic solution contains salts in a concentration above 0.9%. It absorbs, drawing fluid from cells and blood vessels. Due to this, the swelling of the mucous membrane in the nose is effectively eliminated. Hypertonic solutions are used for severe nasal congestion on the background of colds or allergies. Their use is also advisable for inflammation of the paranasal sinuses.
The first place in the ranking is occupied by the Swiss / French spray Aqualor soft. The preparation contains natural seawater with an isotonic concentration of NaCl – 8-11 g / l. With the help of a spray, the nasal cavity is irrigated or washed in adults and children, starting from six months of age. Aqualor Soft helps to remove mucus, reduces the amount of discharge, softens and removes crusts, moisturizes the mucous membrane.
This product has a nozzle with a spray type 'shower'. Aqualor Soft is suitable for pregnancy and lactation. It enhances the effect of drugs that are applied to the mucous membrane after nasal irrigation. With this drug it is possible to cure respiratory diseases faster. It also reduces the risk of infection spreading to the paranasal sinuses.
In their reviews, patients share that the drug is very effective and deservedly ranked among the best. It is especially convenient to use for hygiene procedures in the nasal cavity of babies. Conveniently, even after opening, the product retains all its functions and does not lose sterility until the expiration date ends. And for the Aqualor Soft spray it is 3 years.
- natural sea water;
- does not contain preservatives;
- very convenient nozzle with a spray type 'shower';
- well cleans the nasal cavity and moisturizes the mucous membrane;
- can be used by children from 6 months, pregnant and lactating.
- as an independent remedy will not cure a severe rhinitis.
Aqua Maris strong
The next in the ranking of the best is the Croatian spray Aqua Maris strong. It is a sterile hypertonic sea water solution. Due to the difference in osmotic pressure, this spray removes excess tissue fluid, which leads to a decrease in edema. Aqua Maris Strong also has an antibacterial effect.
This spray is prescribed for adults and toddlers from 1 year old. In each nostril make 1-2 injections 3-4 times a day. Spray Aqua Maris Strong is a good alternative to vasoconstrictors. Given that the concentration of seawater is high here, you should be prepared that the nose will pinch and burn at the beginning of use, but the therapeutic effect will not be long in coming.
Reviews of this cold spray are mostly positive. Aqua Maris Strong not only washes everything out of the nose well, but also relieves swelling of the mucous membrane. Many are impressed by the harmless composition and the fact that it can be used by pregnant and lactating women. But some are still repulsed by the fact that a burning sensation will be felt in the nose, especially if a runny nose has been bothering for several days.
- natural composition;
- lack of preservatives and chemical additives;
- relieves swelling of the nasal mucosa;
- has an antibacterial effect;
- suitable for pregnant and lactating women.
- causes a burning sensation in the nose;
- after opening the bottle, it is allowed to use the drug for 45 days.
In the last place in the ranking of sprays from the common cold containing saline solutions was the Russian Aqua-Rinosol. It contains 0.9% sodium chloride solution. Although in terms of the presence of minerals and trace elements, it is noticeably inferior to a solution of seawater, it still remains effective for rinsing the nose.
Spray Aqua-Rinosol is used in pediatrics since 2 years old, and is also suitable for the treatment of adults. As a result of the use of a solution for rinsing the nose, the mucus that forms with a cold is liquefied and excreted, as a result of which the patency of the nasal openings is restored, and breathing is facilitated.
In their reviews, many note that Aqua-Rinosol is a good wash bottle at a very attractive price. They also believe that this spray for rhinitis deserves to be in the rating of the best, since from the beginning of use it can be used until the main expiration date. This is very convenient, since most of the expensive funds have to be thrown away after 20-45 days after opening.
- natural composition;
- cleans the nose well and moisturizes the mucous membrane;
- does not cause side reactions;
- it is possible for children from 2 years old and pregnant;
- allowed to use until the expiration date has expired.
- small bottle (20 ml).
The best sprays for the common cold with herbal ingredients
When treating the common cold, some people prefer herbal preparations or homeopathic remedies. It is generally accepted that they are safer and better tolerated by patients.
The first place in the rating is occupied by the Pinosol spray. The owner of the registration certificate is the pharmaceutical company Zentiva (Czech Republic). And the medicine is produced by Farmak (Ukraine). Pinosol belongs to herbal decongestants. The spray contains: mountain pine oil, mint, eucalyptus, α-tocopherol acetate, thymol.
Pinosol relieves inflammation, eliminates puffiness, reduces the viscosity of the nasal secretion. It is used to treat adults and children over 3 years old. 1 dose is injected into each nasal passage up to 6 times a day, depending on the severity of the inflammatory process. Pre-check the patient's individual response to the spray after a single instillation into the nose.
In reviews, patients note that they like this oily product, although it does not spray as well as aqueous solutions. This spray not only pierces the nose and moisturizes the mucous membrane, but also heals. But since it contains natural oils, a burning sensation in the nasal cavity and the development of allergic reactions are possible.
- natural ingredients;
- relieves inflammation on the mucous membrane;
- has a decongestant effect;
- suitable for pregnant women.
- natural oils can provoke an allergic reaction;
- not suitable for allergic rhinitis.
The second place in the ranking was taken by the Spanish drug Sinuforte. It contains juice and extract of fresh tubers of European cyclamen. It is served in the form of a lyophilisate, to which a solvent is applied. Before use, the patient prepares the medicine himself and uses it as a spray. This phytopreparation enhances the secretion of serous-mucous secretions and is used to treat a cold against the background of sinusitis, frontal sinusitis, ethmoiditis.
For adults and children over 5 years of age, the drug is sprayed into each nasal passage 1 time per day. After 2-3 minutes, stimulated hypersecretion from the paranasal sinuses begins, which lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the characteristics of the organism.
In the reviews, patients note that the use of Sinuforte spray cannot be called pleasant, but in the treatment of sinusitis, this is one of the best drugs. Since the mechanism of action of the active component involves irritation of the sensitive receptors of the trigeminal nerve, it is possible that lacrimation or profuse salivation may occur, and a short headache is also possible.
- the composition contains cilamen;
- allows you to cure sinusitis and avoid punctures;
- eliminates mucosal edema;
- suitable for children from 5 years old.
- discomfort during the procedure.
The third place in the rating is given to the German homeopathic spray for the common cold Euphorbium compositum. It is a multicomponent remedy that effectively treats rhinitis and sinusitis of any origin in adults and children over 4 years old. Colorless and odorless solution. It is located in a glass dark bottle with a convenient tip that allows you to delicately irrigate the nasal cavity.
For children from 4 to 6 years old, the spray is injected 1 time into both nasal passages 3-4 times a day. Children from 6 years of age and adults are allowed to do 2 injections up to 5 times a day. Since this is a homeopathic remedy, after the first procedures, there may be a temporary increase in symptoms.
Supporters of homeopathy highly praise Euphorbium compositum in their reviews. This spray is deservedly in the rating of the best, because it has a safe composition, gently acts on mucous membranes, and is suitable for pregnant women. Some also use this spray for the common cold as a preventive measure during the cold season.
- homeopathic composition;
- suitable for children from 4 years old and pregnant;
- not just temporarily gives relief, but heals;
- practically does not cause side reactions;
- the bottle has a practical tip.
- in the first days of use, it can provoke an exacerbation.
The best hormonal sprays for the common cold
With a severe course of allergic rhinitis or with a drug-induced rhinitis (dependence on vasoconstrictor drops), hormonal agents are not complete. Glucocorticosteroids have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect and normalize the vascular tone of the nasal mucosa.
The first place in the ranking of the best is given to Avamis, a cold spray, which is produced in the UK. It contains fluticasone furoate, a synthetic trifluorinated glucocorticosteroid with a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect. It is appropriate for the treatment of nasal manifestations of seasonal or perennial allergies.
This cold spray is used to treat adults and children from 2 years of age. To achieve the maximum therapeutic effect, it is necessary to strictly follow the application scheme when injecting Avamis. The onset of action can be observed within 8 hours after the first injection.
Reviews about this drug are mostly positive. He helped many to start breathing through the nose again, saved the mucous membrane, got rid of the addiction caused by vasoconstrictors. In addition, it is effective in the treatment of childhood adenoids. It is important to inject the drug correctly (not into the nasal septum) to avoid nosebleeds or other side effects.
- cumulative effect;
- practically not absorbed into the blood;
- does not affect hormonal levels;
- the ability to control the amount of the drug in the vial.
- with prolonged use, growth retardation in children is possible.
In second place in the ranking is the Belgian spray from the common cold Nasonex. It contains mometasone, a glucocorticosteroid that effectively relieves inflammation and also eliminates allergies. With seasonal or year-round rhinitis, Nasonex is used for adults and children over 2 years old.
Children (from 2 to 11 years old) do 1 injection into each nasal opening 1 time per day. And adults and children from 12 years old are allowed to do 2 injections. After the first intranasal application, the therapeutic effect becomes noticeable for 12 hours.
According to the reviews of those who have struggled with addiction to vasoconstrictor drops, it becomes obvious that Nasonex is very effective in this regard. Also, many people note the non-standard design of the bottle and the convenient dispenser. However, hormonal agents are fraught with severe systemic side effects and should be used with caution.
- effective for allergic or medication rhinitis;
- suitable for children from two years old;
- interesting bottle design, convenient tip.
- burning sensation;
- the development of a local fungal infection.
The third place in the ranking of the best sprays for the common cold is occupied by Nasobek, which is produced in the Czech Republic. It contains beclomethasone, a synthetic glucocorticosteroid that has anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, immunosuppressive effects.
Nasobek is used for the treatment of rhinitis provoked by allergies (seasonal or year-round). In children's practice, it is used from the age of 6. But in comparison with vasoconstrictor agents, the effect of the use of Nasobek is not immediately observed. The symptoms of rhinitis are relieved after 5-7 days from the start of the drug.
In the reviews, patients note that the Nasobek spray deserves to be in the ranking of the best, since it is effective (heals, and not just removes symptoms) and causes a minimum of side effects if it is injected correctly and the dosages are observed. For allergy sufferers, this is a real find. It is also convenient that after opening the bottle, it can be used for 6 months.
- salvation from nasal congestion without an addictive effect;
- effective fight against 'naphthyzine' addiction;
- suitable for children from six years old;
- practically does not cause side effects;
- after opening, it is usable for 6 months.
- the first effect is noticeable after 5-7 days.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.