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Nasal Patches – Use & Health Benefits

Nasal patches

Nose plasters are special adhesive plasters that the user sticks to the bridge of his nose. They are designed to make it easier to breathe through your nose .

What are nasal plasters?

Nasal plasters are also known as nose strips or nose strips . This is a strip of adhesive plaster with broad, rounded ends. The nose strip is attached to the bridge of the nose. The nose patch has specially curved plastic reinforcements. These cause the nostrils to be slightly pulled upwards. With this effect, more efficient nasal breathing is possible. The nasal plaster is used for different purposes.

The development of the nasal plaster took place in 1993 in the USA by the company “BreatheRight”. The purpose of the special plaster was to combat loud snoring . Raising the nostrils should allow for better airflow. With the help of the patch, more air flows into the nose and makes breathing easier, which in turn has a positive effect on snoring. In addition to snoring, other obstructions to nasal breathing can also be treated with a nasal strip.

In Europe, football made nasal plasters popular in the mid-1990s. The strips had also been used in American football in the United States, which in turn caught the attention of football clubs. The nose strips served to improve the supply of oxygen . After the European Football Championship in 1996, nose plasters also found their way into the German Bundesliga and were also used in other sports.

However, whether they actually improved athletic performance remained controversial. Sports medicine experts recommend trying nasal plasters and seeing for yourself whether they have a positive impact. Ultimately, this also depends on the causes of the obstructed nasal breathing.

Shapes, Species & Types

The nasal plasters were originally designed to treat snoring at night, because snoring usually results from restricted nasal breathing. Sometimes colds or allergic reactions are also responsible for the swelling of the nasal mucous membranes . A deviated nasal septum can also cause snoring because less air is inhaled through the nose. In addition, people’s nose and throat muscles relax during sleep , which in turn impairs the supply of air to some extent.

To get more air, humans automatically open their mouths , but this causes the throat region to dry out. The soft palate vibrates when you breathe and causes the typical sound of snoring. By using a nasal plaster against snoring, the mouth no longer opens so wide, so that the snoring noise is reduced or even disappears completely. The risk of sleep apnea is also reduced.

Nose plasters are very popular in sports. Exercising in sports causes the nasal mucous membranes to swell, which leads to less air passage. A nasal plaster should significantly increase the amount of air inhaled. In addition, the nasal strips have the advantage of not causing any annoying side effects .

Another variant of nasal plasters is used to treat annoying blackheads on the nose. These can be removed with a special clear-up strip . Nose plasters are particularly suitable for people who suffer from sensitive skin . With a blackhead plaster, the blackheads can be removed in just ten minutes and usually without pain . A pre-treatment is not necessary. However, there is a possibility that treatment with blackhead strips does not always bring the desired success. Therapy with these special nasal plasters is also considered relatively expensive.

Structure & functionality

Nose plasters are available in pharmacies without a prescription . They are made up of two elastic strips of plastic that are embedded in the plaster. These plastic strips open the nostrils mechanically. The strips are attached to the bridge of the nose with the adhesive plaster.

No medicinal ingredients are contained in a nasal plaster. As a result, there are hardly any annoying side effects. In some cases, slight local irritation may occur from the patch. Since there are no fears of interactions with medicines, the nasal plasters are suitable for use with other medicines.

Using the nasal plaster is simple. So it is simply glued to the bridge of the nose. The nasal strip then causes the nostrils to lift, resulting in the widening of the nasal passages. The air supply improves and the user finds restful sleep more easily.

Medical & health benefits

According to studies, the use of nasal plasters should improve airflow by 31 percent. In addition, around 90 percent of all users in a clinical study who suffered from night snoring reported improved sleep quality. Benefits were also seen in athletes, as they felt more powerful. Nose plasters are considered to be suitable for endurance training. However, they are said to be of less use for sporting competitions, since the human body is subjected to greater stress during the actual competition than during training.

Basically, the use of nasal plasters has advantages and disadvantages. The strips have a quick effect on weak nasal breathing, which is responsible for snoring. The application is also quick and easy. Because nasal plasters are hardly noticeable, the user quickly gets used to them. In contrast to a nose butterfly, however, the widening of the nostrils is less. If the user suffers from sensitive skin, this is noticeable the next morning on the nose by a recognizable imprint of the nasal plaster.

From a health point of view, nasal plasters can also be used to treat allergic reactions, swollen nasal mucosa during pregnancy and a cold .

Lisa Newlon
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Hello! I am Lisa Newlon, and I am a medical writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. I have a Master’s degree in Medicine, and my deep understanding of medical terminology, practices, and procedures has made me a trusted source of information in the medical world.