Ayr Nasal Gel: Uses, Side Effects & Dosage Guide

Ayr nasal gel is a formulation containing sodium chloride and other ingredients like aloe vera gel and glycerine. Ayr nasal gel is commonly used as an Over The Counter medication. Ayr nasal gel is used widely to treat the signs and symptoms of common cold, hot and dry summers, and harsh winters. Ayr nasal gel is very effective in treating the signs and symptoms of allergies, dryness of nasal mucosa, respiratory infections (upper tract), and nosebleeds. Ayr nasal gel is formulated with aloe vera gel to enhance or comforts of patients because it effectively soothe and lessen the sign and symptoms of any discomfort in nasal mucosa instantly.

Ayr nasal gel should apply correctly on the affected area. Ayr nasal gel can be applied in the nostril if needed. 


Ayr nasal gel is used for the following conditions

  • Dryness in nasal passages
  • To provide moisture inside the nose to dissolve the mucus plug
  • To soften the thick mucus
  • To soften the crusty mucus
  • In children with a stuffy nose who can’t blow their noses
  • In the treatment of anterior epistaxis in anticoagulant patients
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • In the treatment of acute sinusitis in children
  • Reduces the symptoms of cold/flu/allergies


  • Ayr nasal gel is contraindicated in patients with a history of allergic reactions to this drug or any of its components.

Side effects

  • Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions to this drug are infrequent; however, if you notice any symptoms of allergic reaction like:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Swelling of face, tongue, throat
  • Severe dizziness
  • Troubled breathing

Then immediately seek medical attention.



   This drug should not be prescribed to patients with a known case of allergy to this drug or any of its components.

Although the adverse reactions of Ayr nasal gel are rare, still some people can have these adverse reactions. Therefore if you feel any discomfort and any adverse reaction occur after using the ayr nasal gel discontinue using the ayr nasal gel and consult with your doctor as soon as possible. These signs and symptoms include blisters, red and swollen skin, allergy of lips and skin, fever, tightness in the chest, swelling of tongue and nasal mucosa and Terrible nose irritation.

If your signs and symptoms do not get improved after discontinuing the gel, then call a medical emergency.

High-risk groups

  • Neonates
  • Paediatrics 
  • Pregnant mothers



Saline is well known by the name normal Saline. Saline is a solution of sodium chloride and water, and when it is the solution of 0.9 per cent sodium chloride, then it is called a typical saline solution. Normal Saline is isotonic to body fluids, and there it is used in the medical field widely. Normal saline solution is being widely used in medicine for various purposes. Saline can be used for wound washing, eyewash and in nasal gel and sprays.

Normal saline solution is widely used intravenously to treat the dehydration such as from gastroenteritis and acute diarrhoea. 

Normal Saline is also widely used as a nasal wash to relieve the signs and symptoms of the common cold and nasal mucosal inflammation. Saline nasal washes are safe for both adults and children. Saline nasal wash clears the nasal passage without any significant harm and helps to clear the mucus and other blockages effectively. Because the nasal saline solution is sterile, therefore there is no chance of amoebic infection to spread like naegleria fowleri infection which can occur if use normal water as a nasal wash.

Various studies have shown that nasal saline wash helps in the treatment of rhinosinusitis.

Almost all the OTC (over the counter) eye drops are Saline containing drops. Eye drops containing other ingredients also depending on the condition for which eye drops are used. The other ingredients which can be used along with normal Saline are antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines, beta-blockers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, topical anaesthetic and prostaglandins. But most eye drops which are used as an OTC (over the counter) have only tear replacing and lubricating solutions containing Saline. 

There are many other medical purposes of saline solution. It is used most often to wash abrasive injuries and also to wash contaminated wounds. One of the best advantages of the normal Saline is that it never hurts the open wounds when washing. 

Normal saline solution is available in a variety of forms depending on its indication or use. Some of these includes:

  • nasal gel
  • nasal spray
  • nasal wash
  • nebulizer solution
  • ophthalmic (eye) drops
  • ophthalmic ointment
  • topical solution for irrigation
  • diluent for injection
  • topical spray
  • solution for intravenous infusions


The primary and needed indication of normal Saline is as follow: 

  • Dehydration
  • Hypovolemia
  • Haemorrhage
  • sepsis
  • metabolic alkalosis
  • Mild sodium depletion
  • Any other condition needing fluid replacement therapy


Normal saline therapy is strongly contraindicated in patients having:

  • Pulmonary oedema
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Liver diseases
  • Kidney Failure

Side effects

Normal saline besides of its safety also has adverse effects which include:

  • high blood pressure
  • heart failure
  • fluid retention
  • intraventricular haemorrhage in neonates
  • injection site reactions
  • hypernatremia (high levels of sodium),
  • kidney damage
  • electrolyte abnormalities


  • Normal Saline or fluid replacement therapy should not be recommended in pulmonary oedema and cardiac patients. Fluid replacement therapy in these patients should be done under supervision or when indicated.

High-risk groups

  • Patients with congestive heart failure, pulmonary oedema and liver cirrhosis