Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers. We’ve assembled the most common queries below.

  • The Breathe Right® nasal strip is a drug-free, non-prescription device that works mechanically — from the outside — to gently open nasal passages. This reduces the resistance to air flowing through the nasal passages and improves the ability to breathe through the nose.

  • Within each Breathe Right® nasal strip are flexible, "spring-like" bands. On the underside is a special 3M adhesive that, when placed properly on the nose, gently sticks to the area right above the flare of each nostril. As the bands attempt to straighten back to their original shape, they gently lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages, providing immediate and continual relief.

    Your nose is divided into 2 chambers, or nostrils. At the back of each nostril is a narrow space called the nasal valve, which is only 1/10" wide. All of the air you breathe in through the nose has to pass through these spaces, which can become blocked for a variety of reasons. The Breathe Right® nasal strip widens the space by mechanically pulling open the flexible cartilage walls of the nasal valves, making it easier to breathe without the use of drugs.

  • Congested people who want to improve their nasal breathing with a drug-free device will benefit from using Breathe Right® nasal strips. The strips can be used whenever easier breathing is desired — whether they are congested from allergies, colds, or simply want to stop snoring. Breathe Right® can help you sleep better at night.

  • Congestion — whether from a cold or allergies — narrows the already-small breathing space at the back of each nostril, making breathing through the nose more difficult. A Breathe Right® nasal strip widens the air passage to reduce nasal airflow resistance and provides temporary relief from nasal stuffiness.

  • Nighttime nasal congestion can lead to snoring, since you're more likely to breathe through your mouth when there is restricted airflow through your nose. Breathe Right® nasal strips work to improve airflow in your nose, which can help reduce snoring.

    In the 1994 Scharf et al. Ear Nose Throat Journal clinical study, 90% of snorers reported better sleep with Breathe Right®. This means Breathe Right nasal strips can have a positive impact for many snorers and their bed partners.

    If you suspect your snoring is a symptom of a serious condition, like sleep apnea, please see your doctor.

  • If you're having difficulty sleeping at night, it may be because you're not breathing well through your nose. Even subtle breathing difficulties can lead to tossing and turning, fitful or disruptive sleep, waking up frequently, or waking up tired. Breathe Right® nasal strips open your nasal passages so you can breathe through your nose and close your mouth. And that can help you sleep better.

  • Millions of Americans have a deviated septum — a bend in the cartilage or bone that separates the nostrils. Symptoms include an airflow blockage through one or both nostrils, difficulty sleeping, chronic nasal stuffiness, and loud breathing or snoring. While Breathe Right® nasal strips should not be considered an alternative to surgical correction, they can provide temporary relief by allowing air to pass more easily through the blocked nasal passage.

  • Breathe Right® is safe for adults and kids — anyone can use Breathe Right® nasal strips, except children under five years of age. The strips are made with a medical-grade adhesive. The package is sealed with natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions, so people with latex allergies should not use Breathe Right® nasal strips. Do not use over sores, sunburned or irritated skin.

  • Yes, Breathe Right® nasal strips are safe for children over five years old. The Small/Medium size is suggested to best fit a child’s face.

  • Breathe Right® Original Clear nasal strips work the same way Original Tan nasal strips do. However, the materials used are slightly different, making Clear strips easier to remove, which can be beneficial for people with dry or sensitive skin.

  • You can use your HSA and FSA tax-preferred savings account to purchase certain OTC products including Breathe Right®. The passage of the CARES Act by Congress includes provisions to restore OTC eligibility under tax-preferred HSA and FSA accounts. Your plan details may vary, so save your receipt and check with your benefits or health provider for eligibility.


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