Should I be concerned with preservatives in nasal sprays?

“Yes. As a doctor of holistic medicine and physician healer, I subscribe to the teaching of Hippocrates: “Do no harm.” My treatment programs are both safe and effective. I have for many years been concerned about the preservatives used in both our food and health products. In recent years, there have been numerous studies demonstrating the harmful side effects of the most popular nasal preservative, Benzalkonium Chloride, as well as some others. This chemical is also an active microbial agent (prevents the growth of bacteria), which has contributed to its wide popularity. Countries in Europe, such as Germany, have banned the use of this preservative. The studies suggest that the preservative promotes ciliostasis (paralyzes the cilia) and thereby reduces mucociliary transport. This process ultimately weakens the mucous membranes lining the nose which in turn can create greater susceptibility to infection. Other effects of this and other similar preservatives include dryness, irritation, and inflammation of the nasal cavities. My advice to all of my patients is to utilize an all-natural natural (without chemical preservatives) nasal spray as well as a natural rinse when irrigating your sinuses”.

– Dr. Rav Ivker