FLO Sprays Healthy Tips

6 good sleep habits for everyone!

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Here are our six easy tips for you and the family to help get good sleep habits.

1) Go to bed at the same time each night – This is especially important during the week when most people cannot afford a sleep-in and have work or school commitments the next day. Regular bedtimes help the body “know” when it needs to wind down and also helps you wake up more refreshed in the morning. Kids need about 10 -12 hours of sleep each day, while teens need at least 9. Adults should aim for a good 7-9 hours each night.

2) Wind down, switch off before bed – Turn off the TV, any screens and reduce intake or any caffeine about an hour to 45 mins before bedtime. If you can do some gentle yoga, meditation or yoga this may help. Some children and adults find meditative music or meditation CD helps them calm down such as Smiling Mind, Dinosnores for Kids.

3) Have a bedtime ritual – For kids this means brushing teeth, maybe a bath and some story reading. A standard routine means children know what to expect and when, and are hopefully less likely to fight it!

4) Make bedrooms comfortable – remove all phones, devices, computers and in the case of young kids, any distracting toys. Keep rooms cool, dark and well- If you can avoid the use of a night light this is preferable.

5) Don’t bring work or school work into the bedroom – otherwise you may find it harder to unwind and kids might associate their bedroom with homework. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary where you can leave your work behind.

6) Breathe easier at night – if you or your child is a congested due to a cold, allergy or other viral infection, try a preservative-free saline wash which gently washes away airborne germs, irritants and inflammatory mediators in the nose (that the virus has stimulated). This is especially useful for babies and young kids who are obligated nose breathers. You may find a humidifier in the bedroom also helps but always clean it regularly.

If you or your child are still finding sleep difficult and it is causing you distress, refer to a healthcare practitioner.

Dealing with Hayfever - 3 things to know

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Here are our three major tips for dealing with allergies or hayfever that can make a positive difference from both a preventative aspect and for keeping symptoms under control.

1) Avoid (or protect against) your enemy: If you know what triggers your hayfever or allergy symptoms this is a big help, but unfortunately they may be too tricky to avoid! Avoiding pets or animals, is an obvious one, if this is your issue. To protect against mould, fungi and dust allergens, keep your home and work space clean, well aired and dry. To protect yourself against pollen or pollutants, try to remain inside on windy days. A weather app or website such as Weatherzone may be useful to check the forecast for winds and pollen count in your area.

2) Reduce your allergic response: The best way to reduce the response to allergens inside your nose is by keeping your nasal mucosa clean, moist and functional (the membrane lining your nasal passages). Allergenic material like pollens, dust mites and fungi have enzymes that open up the “tight junctions” which maintain the barrier between the cells in the nose and the blood supply beneath. If that barrier is ruptured, then an inflammatory response is started.

3) Maintain your defence mechanisms: A preservative-free saline wash or spray such as Flo Sinus Care or Flo Saline Plus can irrigate your nasal passages, and can help maintain the barrier against allergens. In severe cases, additional therapy might be needed, but looking after the nasal mucosa is vital. An allergy or hayfever medicated nasal spray may be recommended by your pharmacist or doctor, so if this is the case, try a preservative-free saline 10-15 minutes before using your medicated spray. Washing away allergic materials before applying your medicated spray may result in significant anti-inflammatory relief and in turn, improve your allergy symptoms.

For more information, please discuss with your pharmacist.

There are other options that can be offered if the above is still not sufficient to alleviate your hayfever or allergy symptoms.

How to use a nasal spray correctly ?

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Here’s a handy diagram and how-to instructions

1) Look down and spray a “V”,
2) Inhale the mist gently with your head slightly tilted forward
3) Keep the spray nozzle angled outwards and mist inside the nose.

If in doubt, ask your pharmacist to demonstrate using a Flo Preservative-Free Nasal Spray.

If you’re using a medicated nasal spray like an allergy or decongestant spray, consider using a Preservative-Free Saline Nasal Spray (like Flo Saline Plus) too – to improve results.

For more information, have a chat with your healthcare practitioner.

Choosing preservative-free nasal relief – the benefits

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A quick note about preservatives.

Did you know that nasal saline sprays differ from brand to brand?

Some have preservatives and some don’t, so don’t forget to check the labelling when considering a nasal spray. The Flo range is preservative-free and sterile, so you don’t have to remember to check!

Preservative-free nasal relief is less likely to irritate so if you suffer from allergies or hay fever, using a nasal saline without a preservative may well be preferable. Preservative-free saline solutions and sprays may feel gentler on the tissues lining the nose especially those with sensitive noses like babies and children.

When in doubt, always ask your doctor or pharmacist to help you select which product is right for you.

Looking after your health – allergies and hayfever

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Allergy and hayfever symptoms

Hayfever and allergies often come about every spring but some people can suffer from symptoms all year round. Airborne allergens include pollens (from grasses, flowers or trees) and animal fur, pet dander or dust mites.

Hayfever and allergies commonly occur in spring but many people can suffer from symptoms all year round. Airborne allergens include pollens (from grasses, flowers or trees) and animal fur, pet dander or dust mites. When these allergens are breathed in, they reach the moist tissues of the nose and produce chemicals (like histamine). These chemicals set off an inflammatory allergic reaction which may lead to symptoms such as:
• Congested nose – blocked or runny
• Itchy nose
• Sneezing
• Itchy, watery eyes

Using a preservative-free saline nasal spray or a sinus wash may help temporarily relieve symptoms of airborne allergies because they:
• Wash away pollens or other irritants that have been breathed in.
• Dilute allergy substances produced by the nose.

Ask your pharmacist about preservative-free saline solutions, sprays or washes.

All Flo saline products are preservative-free.

Benefits of nasal / sinus washing

The cleansing action of a preservative-free nasal or sinus wash may help reduce the severity of hayfever and allergy symptoms because it:
• Decreases the pollen or allergen load in the nose
• Dilutes the chemicals that inflammation produces e.g. histamine
• May improve the effectiveness of common allergy treatments (prior to dosage) by clearing the nose of excess mucus.

To gain the best results from allergy medications, consider using Flo Sinus Care or Flo Saline Plus> prior to their use.

For a dry, sore or crusty nose, try a moisturising nasal oil like Flo Nozoil.

For further information about managing allergy symptoms, please ask your pharmacist.

Further suggestions

If your nose is completely blocked due to allergies, refer to your pharmacist for advice on a preservative-free nasal decongestant, such as Flo Rapid Relief.

Using a high volume, low pressure nasal and sinus wash such as Flo Sinus Care may help temporarily relieve both sinus and nasal congestion resulting from colds, sinusitis, hayfever and other allergens. Flo Sinus Care has been specially formulated to closely mimic the body’s own tissue fluids and is a preservative-free wash. It is an easy at-home treatment that can be used twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Flo Saline Plus is a preservative-free, isotonic saline nasal spray with a gentle formula. It may help temporarily relieve nasal congestion as a result of breathing in irritants. Flo Saline Plus is a handy spray for when you’re on the go or outside.

For temporary relief from hayfever and allergies in children, try Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray or Flo Kids Saline Nasal Spray. These are preservative-free, isotonic saline solutions with a gentle micro-mist that can be “sprayed at any angle” for easy and quick dosing.

Use only as directed. Always read the label. Refer to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.

Looking after your child’s health – colds and allergies

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Benefits of nasal washing in children

Using saline sprays or drops in babies and children may help temporarily clear nasal congestion resulting from colds and allergies because they may:
• Thin sticky and thick mucus
• Wash away inflammatory chemicals (that a cold virus has stimulated in the nasal tissues)
• Remove mucus plugs
• Moisturise the nasal tissues
• Help prevent scabbing in the nose.

When using nasal sprays or drops the child may sniff, sneeze or swallow. These are normal bodily reactions that allow the child to naturally clear their airways so they can breathe better.

Are all salines the same?

No, there are various types of nasal salines available for use in babies and children.
• Sodium Chloride (normal saline) with preservative (Benzalkonium Chloride)
• Purified seawater with no preservative. This product may contain trace elements not naturally found in human tissue.
• Saline with added minerals and no preservatives, to closely mimic the content of the fluid, which surrounds nasal tissues.

A note about preservative-free

Preservative-free nasal relief is less likely to irritate so if your child suffers from allergies or hay fever, using a nasal saline without a preservative may be preferable. Preservative-free saline solutions and sprays may feel gentler on the tissues lining the nose especially those with sensitive noses like babies and children.

Ask your pharmacist about preservative-free salines.

All Flo saline products are preservative-free.

How easy is nasal washing in children?

Many nasal salines require parents to position their child upright when applying sprays or lying down when applying drops. This may be difficult, especially with a child that is unwell, fidgeting or unwilling to co-operate.

Ask your pharmacist for saline sprays that can be used at any angle repetitively such as Flo Baby Saline Nasal Sprays or Flo Kids Saline Nasal Sprays. With these sprays, dosing is quick and easy and positioning the child is unnecessary. Look for “sprays at any angle”clearly marked on the top of the pack.

Further suggestions

For babies, apply Flo Baby Saline Nasal Spray (or Drops) approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each feed to help thin and clear nasal mucus which may help make feeding easier and sleep more restful.

For children, Flo Kids Saline Nasal Spray may be used when necessary or as directed by your healthcare practitioner to temporarily relieve nasal congestion. This may also help result in a more restful night’s sleep for your child.

Worried about your child?

If your child shows signs of fever or illness and is not settling, you should talk to your healthcare nurse or your family medical practitioner.

Some important points to remember when choosing the right saline product for your child:
• Formulation to mimic the natural fluids surrounding the nasal tissues.
• Preservative-free.
• Can be used at any angle without repetitive priming of the bottle pump.

If in doubt, please ask your pharmacist.

Use only as directed. Always read the label. Refer to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.

Ask your pharmacist about other products in the Flo range.

For noses great & small, Flo loves them all.

Looking after your health – colds and sinusitis

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How your nose helps fight a cold

Coughs and colds due to viral infections can cause swelling in the nasal and sinus tissues.
• When a mild upper respiratory infection develops in the nose and sinuses, the first symptoms tend to be a snotty, runny nose with lots of watery mucus. This is due to the nose trying to wash out the virus and inflammatory chemicals produced in the body in response to the infection.
• The mucus then begins to dry up, becomes thicker and even yellow/green in colour. This is a normal subsequent reaction and means your body is fighting the infection.
• If the mucus is diluted, thinned and washed out of the nose, it can help wash away germs and irritants and may result in temporary relief from congestion.

Benefits of nasal / sinus washing

Using a preservative-free saline nasal spray or a sinus wash may help clear and temporarily relieve congestion from colds and sinusitis because they:
• Thin sticky and thick mucus
• Wash away inflammatory chemicals (that the cold virus has stimulated in the nasal tissues)
• Remove mucus plugs
• Moisturise the nasal tissues
• Help prevent scabbing in the nose.

Thinning and washing way excess mucus may also help clear the nose and relieve pressure in the sinuses.

Flo Saline Plus is a preservative-free, isotonic saline nasal spray with a gentle formula to help temporarily relieve nasal congestion.

Flo Sinus Care has been specifically formulated to closely mimic the body’s own tissue fluids and is a preservative-free wash that helps temporarily relieve both sinus and nasal congestion.

Ask your pharmacist about preservative-free saline solutions, sprays or washes. All Flo saline products are preservative-free

Further suggestions

If your nose is completely blocked, refer to your pharmacist for advice on a preservative-free nasal decongestant such as Flo Rapid Relief.

For a runny nose, use Flo Saline Plus, a preservative-free saline nasal spray that can be used when you’re on the go.

For a more thorough cleanse of the nose and sinus, try Flo Sinus Care, an easy at-home treatment that can be used twice daily or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Flo Sinus Care may also help to temporarily relieve the pressure and discomfort of excess mucus in the sinuses.

For a dry, sore or crusty nose, ask your pharmacist for a moisturising nasal oil like Flo Nozoil.

Use only as directed. Always read the label. Refer to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.

Looking after your health when travelling

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Looking after your health.

Maintaining well hydrated nasal tissues whilst travelling may help you:
• Support immunity against common cold viruses and bacteria
• Prevent your nose from becoming dry or crusty as a result of air conditioning.

If the mucus layer that covers nasal tissues is kept moist, then viruses, bacteria and other irritants are trapped and carried to the back of the throat, swallowed and then destroyed by the stomach’s acids. This is a normal and natural process.

When travelling by plane or in air-conditioned environments, we are exposed to lower humidity and temperatures. This may affect nasal function. Cooler temperatures slow down mucus transportation in the nose and low humidity can dry it out.

However, planes are fitted with very efficient air filtrations systems, which can extract many common viruses. Exposure to viruses is more likely when passengers exit the plane and enter places where the air filtration systems are less effective e.g. the airport, on public transport, in hotels or offices.

Other travel tips to consider:
• Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.
• Stay hydrated and drink water regularly.
• Avoid excessive alcohol consumption.

Supporting your nasal health.

Many of us are aware that hydration is key whilst travelling but keeping our nose moist may help it function normally and assist in maintaining our natural immunity.

Flo Travel is a gentle and moisturising nasal spray containing Carrageenan (red seaweed extract) in a saline solution. It is preservative-free and can be used in children from 2 years and older.

Flo Travel’s Carrageenan works by binding to the nasal tissues and holding onto water, keeping nasal tissues and mucus moist. The isotonic saline solution helps wash away germs to assist nasal immunity.

Using Flo Travel is a positive step towards supporting your nasal health especially when:
• Flying
• On public transport
• In air-conditioned environments.

If you have already caught a cold, then try Flo Travel to help shorten the duration of cold symptoms, so you can get on with enjoying your holiday or business travel.

Benefits of Flo Travel

Long Lasting Results - Moisturises up to 4 hours.

Effective - Shown to hydrate the nose and to help shorten the duration of cold symptoms.

Easy and Pleasant To Use - A preservative-free spray with no odour or after-taste. Does not sting.

Handy Travel Size - Available as a 20mL spray. Suitable for in-flight use and on the go.

Is Flo Travel easy to use?

Yes, Flo Travel is a gentle, moisturising nasal spray that does not sting the nose or have an unpleasant after-taste. It is preservative-free and can be used in children as young as 2 years of age. Flo Travel may help to temporarily relieve and reduce the duration of cold symptoms.

How often can Flo Travel be used?

To help support your nasal immunity and relieve nasal dryness, apply Flo Travel nasal spray every 4-6 hours or whenever your nose feels dry or crusty. If prone to colds when exposed to air-conditioned environments, keep Flo Travel close by for use. Happy travelling.

Worried about your health whilst travelling?

If you or a family member are about to travel overseas, ask your family medical practitioner or pharmacist about any precautions you should take to help you maintain your health.

Use Flo Travel only as directed. Always read the label. Refer to your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.