Wherever you go, take your Flo!
For a healthier nose, try a protective carrageenan saline nasal spray called Flo Travel. It’s a gentle, moisturising nasal spray containing red seaweed extract with many benefits.
There are two main natural ingredients in Flo Travel that help support nasal health and protect the nose from inhaled irritants:
- Isotonic, preservative-free saline – this helps gently wash away excess mucus containing viruses, bacteria and allergens in the nose.
- Carrageenan (red seaweed extract) – this binds to nasal tissues, forming a protective layer, which helps retain moisture for hours. Carrageenan also has a virus-trapping capability, binding to many viruses that cause the common cold. The risk of infection and virus spread may be reduced due to this binding action. Carrageenan has been shown to reduce the duration of cold symptoms and the relapse of these symptoms.
Why is nasal health important?
Under normal conditions, the mucus layer in the nose that covers nasal tissues remains moist, so that breathed in viruses, bacteria and irritants can be trapped and carried to the back of the throat. There, they are swallowed and destroyed by the stomach’s acids.
In an environment with COOLER TEMPERATURES and LOWER HUMIDITY e.g. in air-conditioned buildings or on planes, they way the nose normally functions can be negatively impacted. Why is this?
- Cooler temperatures slow down mucus transportation in the nose;
- Lower humidity causes nasal dryness.
The air we breathe
Every day we breathe in millions of particles from the air around us. Many indoor places like hotels, shopping centres, offices or airport lounges are air-conditioned and these conditions (lower temperature/humidity) can reduce the nose’s defence against inhaled particles and irritants.
There is some level of protection against airborne viruses or bacteria in places fitted with efficient air filtration systems e.g. air cabins on planes. These systems extract many common airborne particles. However, once a traveller has disembarked and is moving through the airport (and beyond), where there is no (or less efficient) air filtration, exposure to airborne viruses and bacteria can be higher.
Wearing a disposable filter masks (P2/N45) can be helpful and offer some level of protection but they do not remove all particles from the air.
How can a carrageenan-saline nasal spray e.g. Flo Travel help?
- Keeps the nose moist for many hours to maintain normal nasal functioning
- Supports the nose’s natural function to wash away excess mucus containing irritants, bacteria and viruses in the nose
- Supports the nose’s natural action against common colds by binding to most viruses which cause common colds
- Reduces the duration of cold symptoms and the relapse of cold symptoms
- Relieves and reduces nasal dryness and crusting.
When and how to use
Using Flo Travel is a positive step towards protecting and supporting nasal health if travelling on PUBLIC TRANSPORT or by PLANE. However, Flo Travel is not just for travelling!
As Flo Travel relieves nasal dryness, supports the nose’s natural action against colds, shortens & reduces cold symptoms if can also be used when:
- IN AIR-CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS
- PRONE TO COLDS
- SUFFERING COLD SYMPTOMS
Other useful info about Flo Travel
- Non-medicated, preservative-free nasal spray (vegan friendly and lactose-free)
- May be used daily, 3-4 times per day or as required
- Can be used by adults & children from 2 years of age
- Suitable to be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Widely available in most Australian pharmacies.
Tips on using a nasal spray
When using a nasal spray, remember to follow directions for use and refer to the correct technique. Please see how to use a nasal spray correctly diagram below. You can also refer to the video below. Using a spray the right way can make all the difference. This video explains why.
Always read the label. Follow directions for use. If symptoms persist, change unexpectedly or worsen, talk to your health professional.
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