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How to Apply a Nasal Gel

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A nasal gel applicator made of transparent plastic with a white label that says “testosterone nasal gel”

Some medications may come in the form of a nasal gel that is dispensed in an applicator. The information below will let you know how to apply a medicated nasal gel.

How to Apply a Nasal Gel

  1. Gently blow your nose
  2. Remove the cap from the applicator
    A nasal gel applicator standing upright with the cap floating above the beveled tip of the applicator. A blue arrow to the right of the applicator tip that is pointing upward indicates that the cap is being removed
  3. Turn the lower part of the applicator one full rotation (eight audible clicks) to realign the arrows
    A nasal gel applicator with no cap stands upright. A blue arrow wraps around the base of the applicator and points in the counterclockwise direction, indicating that the bottom part has been rotated 360 degrees
  4. Allow 10–15 seconds for the gel to fully exude from the applicator tip
  5. Using a mirror, gently guide the applicator tip into the nostril and make contact with the lateral wall of the nostril to ensure the gel is applied to the nasal wall
    The tip of a nasal gel applicator has been inserted into a person’s left nostril, with the beveled part of the tip touching the lateral surface of the interior nostril. The point of contact on the lateral surface is highlighted in blue
  6. Remove the applicator tip from the nostril while wiping it along the inside of the lateral nostril wall to fully transfer the gel
    The tip of a nasal gel applicator has been inserted into a person’s left nostril, with the beveled part of the tip touching the lower lateral surface of the interior nostril. A blue arrow on the left nostril that is pointing downward indicates that the beveled tip of the applicator is being wiped on the interior lateral surface as it is being removed from the nostril
  7. Repeat the process on the other nostril as directed
    The tip of a nasal gel applicator has been inserted into a person’s right nostril, with the beveled part of the tip touching the lateral surface of the interior nostril. The point of contact on the lateral surface is highlighted in blue
    The tip of a nasal gel applicator has been inserted into a person’s right nostril, with the beveled part of the tip touching the lower lateral surface of the interior nostril. A blue arrow on the right nostril that is pointing downward indicates that the beveled tip of the applicator is being wiped on the interior lateral surface as it is being removed from the nostril
  8. Use a clean, dry tissue to wipe the tip of the applicator. You may clean the tip with soap and water or an alcohol swab
  9. Replace the cap on the applicator pen
  10. Press your nostrils at a point just below the bridge of your nose and gently massage them
  11. Refrain from blowing your nose or sniffing for one hour after application