You can get the most from your meds by avoiding a few key mistakes.
And that's not the only medication that's being misused on the regular. But deep breath: You can get the most from your meds by avoiding a few key mistakes.
The error: Not following directions to shake it before use, inhaling too early or late, or exhaling right away
The fix: Shake before every puff when required; breathe in and press the button simultaneously; hold your breath for 10 seconds after so the meds can reach the lungs.
The error: Letting them fall into the inner corner of the eye, which is a passageway to your nose and mouth (you'll know if you get a stuffy nose or a strange taste in your throat)
The fix: Use a finger to block that corner, and aim the drops for the center of your eye. Close your eye for 30 seconds.
The error: Not blowing your nose before--any existing mucus buildup will prevent it from working properly
The fix: Blow both sides of your nose, even if you don't feel congested. Then hold one nostril closed while you inhale the spray on one side. Switch sides.