As I lay awake the other night, hacking and sneezing sporadically, with my arsenal of tissues with aloe, cough drops, and a cabinet full of drugstore attempts at fighting my misery, I wondered why someone had not yet invented a way to cover the nose to prevent allergies in the first place. I mean, we put a man on the moon, right? A person could get rich. Hey!!! Wait a minute…
That person could be me! I could go on Shark Tank and the sharks would all fight over little ol’ me with my nose filter. (I could call it NasaStop or Hay-Free, or Cry No More.)
Well, somebody has beaten me to the punch.
Look what I found at WebMD: “Could ‘Nasal-Filter’ Device Help Ease Allergies?”
THURSDAY, March 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new device that you wear in your nose — about the size of a contact lens and works like a miniature air filter for a furnace — might help filter out pollen and other allergens and keep them out of your sinuses.
A small study reports that this nasal filter could reduce daily sneezing by an average of 45 percent and daily runny nose by an average of 12 percent. The device, with the brand name Rhinix, is not yet commercially available.
“We found clinically relevant reductions in daily nasal symptoms with Rhinix compared to placebo, especially in sneezing, itching and runny nose symptoms,” said Peter Kenney, the study’s lead author.
Kenney, who’s a medical and doctoral student at Aarhus University in Denmark, is the inventor of the nasal filter. He’s the founder and CEO of the company that has filed an application for approval of the device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Go to WebMD for the complete article.)
Shark Tank will just have to wait until my next great idea…