A majority of allergy sufferers, especially those with hay fever, do not like taking medications, such as anti-histamines and nasal steroids, because either they doubt the efficiency or they dislike the side-effects.
Good thing because there are now nasal filters invented to effectively prevent allergic rhinitis and other hay fever symptoms, which result from exposure to airborne particles such as pollens, mold spores, pet dander, and dust mites.
What are nasal filters?
Nasal filters are soft plastic filter tubes that sit inside the nostril capturing 98% of inhaled allergens before they can enter the upper nasal passage while allowing the person to breathe with ease.
According to Dr. Tim O’Meara of the Allergy Group at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Australia back in 2002, after running clinical efficiency tests on the prototype, results show that the people who used the nasal filter had a 68% reduction in severity of the symptoms. Sneezing, watery itchy eyes, itchy throat, nose blowing, nasal blockage, and ability to breath through the nose were significantly decreased.
Since then, nasal filters have been popular buys in the market, especially on the internet.
Where can I buy a nasal filter? What are the known brands?
There are two brands of nasal filters that are easily purchased from stores online. They are NasalAir Guard and Breathe-ezy.
NasalAir Guard is recommended for hay fever and pollinosis, perennial and allergic rhinitis or sinusitis, asthma, and the effects of air travel. The special patented filters in the NasalAir Guard trap allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold spores. The filters can also captures traffic fumes and cigarette smoke, providing a real breath of fresh air. Its design makes it quite discreet when worn because only a thin plastic strip is visible under the nose. It can be used for a few hours at a time or overnight. Surprisingly, it can also help with snoring. Each one is of the disposable type and is good for 24 hours of continuous usage. It is available in trial boxes of 10 in three sizes, small, medium, and large with each box costing around $13-$17.
Breathe-ezy is another brand. These filters are marketed to capture pollens, pet dander, dust mites, mold, fungus, mildew, as well as particles from cigarette smoke, bush fires, car exhaust fumes, aerosol sprays, perfume and strong odors that can also trigger allergies. The brand also offers protections against airborne pathogens, cold, and flu. Expect trial packs of 3-6 of these Breathe-ezy nasal filters in small, medium, or large sizes to cost under $15.
So far, consumers who use nasal filters are very satisfied because they have found an inexpensive treatment for their allergies. They say that they will never go outdoors or mix with a crowd of people without wearing their nasal filter. It will take some getting used to at the start, but after a while you will not even notice you are wearing it. Majority of current users report that their hay fever symptoms have been negligible and controlled ever since.