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Apr 7 2014

Nose Notes

by Hope L

sneezingSpring has sprung and so have the faucets for hay fever sufferers–our noses are running, ears draining, eyes itching, throats rasping and heads throbbing.

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…


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R. Hughes April 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

So many people seem to be dealing with allergies this season! Interesting article about the nasal filter. It made me want to read more about it. I searched “nasal filter*” in the Consumer Health Complete database and found that same article plus a few others–including one about an “Advanced Nasal Filter” out on the market now. The Library’s website has a link to Consumer Health Complete and a couple other health-related sources on the Reference Databases page. And Hope, I hope your allergies go away soon.

Hope L April 8, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Thanks, Raylynn! I had no idea these were already on the market; I’m going to have to give these air filters a try!

Leigh P. April 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Necessity is truly the mother of invention. What a fantastic idea. As someone who took two years of allergy shots for essentially nothing, I love to see this type of ingenuity.

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