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When you suffer from nasal congestion, absolutely! Breathe Right strips are clinically shown to instantly relieve nighttime nasal congestion. By opening up your nose for relief you can feel right away, Breathe Right strips help to relieve snoring.

Yes, it may! Better breathing means better sleep. Even subtle breathing difficulties from nasal congestion can lead to tossing and turning, fitful or disruptive sleep, waking up frequently, or waking up tired. Breathe Right nasal strips open your nose, helping you take in air more easily.

Any child under the age of 5, or people with latex allergies, should not use Breathe Right strips. The package is sealed with natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions. The strips are made with a medical-grade adhesive. Do not use over sores, sunburned or irritated skin.

An application site reaction may occur, such as redness, irritation, pain, peeling, or bleeding. Hypersensitivity reactions including rash, itching, and swelling may occur when using the nasal strips. If this occurs, discontinue use.

Often likened in shape and texture to a stiff Band-Aid, nasal strips or nasal dilators are available at your local pharmacy or grocery store as an OTC option for relief. Applying one across the bridge of your nose opens up your nostrils slightly, as the plastic splints embedded in it act like springs, increasing airflow during the breathing process. Like many other OTC treatments, these products may temporarily reduce snoring due to infrequent nasal blockage or sinus congestion, often associated with temporary illnesses such as the flu or a cold, but there is little evidence to suggest that nasal strips help treat or prevent more chronic snoring related to structural, allergy-based, or sinus tissue-based complications.

The bottom line is this: while nasal strips may help stifle some kinds of snoring in some people, they are not a permanent fix. If you desire a long-lasting solution, you should pursue other means of rehabilitation.

Given the inadequacy of nasal strips in the long-term, there are alternate methods of treatment that are far more successful when it comes to relieving and preventing snoring problems. At South Florida Allergy and Sinus Center, Dr. Mandel can administer a MIPS procedure, also known as Minimally Invasive Palatal Stiffening. For this procedure, Dr. Mandel utilizes a precision diode laser to correct the area of obstruction and stiffen your soft palate, thereby minimizing abnormal breathing vibrations known to cause airway obstruction. It can take as little as 3 minutes, or 15 to 20 minutes if combined with other recommended nasal procedures. It is minimally invasive and entirely tolerable.

South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center provides comprehensive testing and treatment of sinus and nasal allergies, as well as sleep and snoring-related conditions. Its team of medical specialists stays on the cutting-edge of technology and technique to consistently provide long-term sinonasal, sleep and snoring relief through individualized care. The Centers treat many patients seeking second and third opinions as well as those who have undergone past unsuccessful treatments. For additional information go to

Preoperative evaluation of valvular dysfunction usually is based on gross examination of the internal and external valves (narrowness or weakness of the middle third of the nose; deformity or weakness of the alar rims) in conjunction with a diminution of inspiratory air flow. The Cottle test allows for an opening of these valves to see what improvement results by spreading the lateral nasal walls apart. In terms of predicting the benefit of valvular reconstruction, it is a good test in that it provides a functional evaluation of the valves. This is particularly important when the valves are not obviously deformed as noted by inspection and palpation. However, it is inaccurate because it is not specific for any one valve. The examining thumb is as wide as the entire nasal wall.

The modified Cottle test [8, 9], which involves insertion of a cotton applicator inside the nose to elevate the lateral nasal wall, is a much improved version of the original test in that it can be specific for one side or the other, and it can even be specific for the internal or external nasal valve. However, it is an uncomfortable test for evaluating the valves, especially the internal valve. Like the Cottle test, it is not quantitatively accurate in that the result is dependent on the pressure exerted by the examiner.

a After the skin has been wiped with alcohol, the nasal strip is applied to the middle third of the nose. The patient is asked if it helps, hinders, or has no effect on his or her airway. b A new strip is applied to the lower third of the nose over the alar rims, and the same question is asked

The patients were asked which strip improved the airway more: the upper one or the lower one. The application order was randomized and reversed for half of the patients. Subsequent to this study, generic nasal strips were used and found to be as good as the proprietary one or better. The patients were classified as BR 0 (no airway obstruction due to ULC/LLC dysfunction), BR I (improvement with the strip on the ULC), BR II (improvement with the strip on the LLC), or BR III (improvement with the strips on both the ULC and the LLC, independently).

Distribution of findings among a sample of the normal population (asymptomatic patients seeking non-nasal cosmetic surgery). Note that some exhibited abnormal valves at examination, and some exhibited positive Cottle test results. The nasal strip improved the airway for a significant number of the asymptomatic patients

The normal population [10, 11], perhaps excepting the African-American population in one study [12], is known to be improved by nasal strips. The valvular function of most people is not necessarily abnormal, yet they subjectively experience improved airflow with the nasal strips. Athletes frequently use these strips to increase their nasal airflow. In some studies (including those with cadavers) [13], the nasal strip increased mean nasal cross-sectional area by 17 to 37% [14, 15] and airflow by 27% [15]. The results of experiment 2 confirm studies showing that nasal airflow is improved in a significant portion of the normal population.

Some of the normal population may have unrecognized or asymptomatic valvular problems. More likely, much of the population may exhibit a benefit from nasal strips by achieving a greater than normal nasal airflow. It could be argued therefore that much of the improved results with nasal strips seen in the patients of Experiment 1 are not reflecting abnormal valvular function but simply increasing airflow to aforementioned normal values. That may very well be, but this does not detract from the fact that as a functional test, it predicts which valve will benefit from surgical correction. Interestingly, the subjective airflow of normal patients was increased more by the BR test than by the Cottle test, indicating that the nasal strip is a more powerful test than the examining fingers.

However, early in the study, it was readily apparent that the functional nasal strip test was so superior to the Cottle test and provided such vital information as to which valve should receive surgery that it was impossible to ignore it and subject the patient to surgery without using that information.

Nasal airway obstruction can result from other causes (septal deformities, turbinate hypertrophy, drooping nasal tip) that cannot be evaluated by the BR test. It is reasonable to ask whether the BR test is useful when these other pathologies coexist, and they often do. The answer is yes, with few exceptions.

Septal deformities and turbinate hypertrophy tend to obstruct expiratory flow, which we test for separately. Unless the septal or turbinate deformity is almost completely occluding the vestibule, the patient is almost always able to inspire to some degree. That amount of inspiration will be enhanced if in fact the damaged valve or valves are opened further by the nasal strip.

In the Cottle test, the force of the examining fingers to open the nose is at the cheek level only. On the other hand, the nasal strip expands the actual side walls of the nose, showing why it may be not only a more specific test of valvular function but also a stronger test

This exploratory study investigated effects of a new asymmetric butterfly-shaped prototype nasal dilator strip and the currently marketed clear Breathe Right Nasal Strip (BRNS) on subjective measures of nasal congestion and sleep quality.

In this randomized, double-blind study, subjects with chronic nasal congestion and sleep difficulties were assigned a BRNS clear strip, an asymmetric butterfly prototype, or an asymmetric butterfly placebo strip without springs, to use nightly for 2 weeks. The main outcomes included change from baseline to days 7 and 14 on the Pittsburgh Insomnia Rating Scale (PIRS), Nocturnal Rhinoconjunctivitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (NRQLQ), and Congestion Quantifier Seven-Item Test (CQ7).

The asymmetric butterfly prototype and BRNS clear strip significantly improved some subjective measures of nasal congestion and sleep compared with placebo in subjects with nasal congestion and sleep difficulties.

Nasal congestion, which increases when lying down [1], is a predictor of moderate sleep difficulties [2]. Relief of nasal congestion (e.g., with topical nasal corticosteroids) has been associated with improvements in subjective, patient-reported sleep outcomes and a reduction in daytime sleepiness [3,4,5,6]. 041b061a72


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