Information paper

Intranasal Spray Technique

This information paper provides an overview of current evidence for optimal technique when administering intranasal sprays, which are used in the long-term management of allergic rhinitis.

Key messages for patients

Corticosteroid nasal sprays:

  • are effective medicines for managing allergic rhinitis
  • have a good safety profile and can be used every day long term
  • are intended for everyday use.


This information paper was prepared in consultation with the following health professionals:

  • Professor Richard Harvey, rhinologist and ear, nose and throat surgeon
  • Professor Peter Smith, allergist and immunologist
  • Associate Professor Janet Rimmer, respiratory physician and allergist
  • Dr Jenny Gowan, pharmacist
  • Professor Connie Katelaris, allergist and immunologist
  • Ms Cheryl Tite, pharmacist
  • Dr Simon Young, general practitioner

Recommended citation

National Asthma Council Australia. Intranasal spray technique for people with allergic rhinitis. Melbourne: National Asthma Council Australia, 2017.

How-To Video Library

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Although all care has been taken, this information paper is only a general guide; it is not a substitute for assessment of appropriate courses of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The National Asthma Council Australia expressly disclaims all responsibility (including negligence) for any loss, damage or personal injury resulting from reliance on the information contained.

© 2017

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