Ask the Nurse

Is the sodium in nasal sprays enough to raise blood pressure if used daily to flush the nose?

No, salt water or sodium nasal sprays or washes do not contribute to oral sodium intake. The salt load in the diet can affect Blood Pressure (BP). Most Americans ingest 2-3 times the sodium/salt that is needed. Using herbs and non-sodium spices in cooking and always reading labels is important in helping to control your Blood Pressure.

The following can raise BP:

  • Nasal sprays that contain pseudo ephedrine
  • Imported European licorice
  • Weight gain
  • Lack of exercise
  • Age
  • Alcohol consumption

Consider purchasing your own BP cuff and bring it in to your physician’s office to be compared to the office Sphygmomanometer (BP cuff).

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

March 31, 2014 at 12:13pm