Nasal Screens help you keep your nose clean


April 1, 2011

First Defense Nasal Screens filter out airborne allergens and droplets, and are applied around the rim of each nostril

First Defense Nasal Screens filter out airborne allergens and droplets, and are applied around the rim of each nostril

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Nobody likes having pollen or dust allergies, nor do they enjoy suffering through airborne viruses such as colds or the flu. One approach to lessening the likelihood of being bothered by either of these conditions is to wear a mouth and nose mask, but that could get rather awkward and uncomfortable, plus it would make you look kind of funny in some situations. If you're OK with still looking a little funny, however, you might be interested in slapping on a pair of First Defense Nasal Screens – that's right, we're talking nostril filters.

The screens are made from a "100 percent breathable non-latex, skin safe material," and attach around the rim of each nostril via an adhesive that is exposed by peeling off their paper backing. In lab tests, they have reportedly been shown to be over 99 percent effective against airborne allergens, and over 90 percent effective against airborne droplets (such as those that could contain viruses). They are also said to be relatively easy to breathe through.

Needless to say, of course, they still won't do anything to protect against getting viruses through one's mouth or eyes.

The company describes the screens as "virtually invisible," and they pretty much are ... from a certain distance. Up close it's a different story, so you might not want to wear them on job interviews, or when you're asking that special someone if they'd like to accompany you to the movies.

First Defense Nasal Screens are available online, with prices starting at US$9.98 for a pack of seven sets.

Via Shark Tank

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Most disease gets into the body via your hands. By either cuts and abrasions on the fingers or by rubbing sores with your fingers or putting fingers in mouth, nose, etc.. So unless you wear gloves to remove these caps, you\'re simply putting the collected germs on your fingers.

Ask in a hospital. Masks are used to stop the health officals GIVING you germs. Not to prevent them catching them!

But why let Science stop you from feeling safer, eh?

Stuart Halliday

Nose filters are a crucial plot element of the 1982 sci-fi book \"The Running Man\"* by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) set in the year 2025. In the story, the poor are kept as an underclass by forcing them to breath polluted air while all the rich have \"virtually invisible\" nose filters to protect them. If the they are just for pollen and flu, what is the relevance of the military dude (presumably) modelling them? Maybe they\'re good defence against anthrax powders and Iraqi DU dust storms too?

*Not to be confused with the wildly different movie \"based on\" that book, starring a certain Governator.


Sooo... washing hands prevents your \"most\" category, but right now nothing prevents the inhalation of bacteria/viruses. This does. What are you complaining about? Besides, you missed this important point: \"In lab tests, they have reportedly been shown to be over 99 percent effective against airborne allergens....\" This would be great for allergy sufferers to wear while mowing the lawn without looking like Michael Jackson by wearing a face mask or just suffering through it (like I usually do).


I tend to think that the developers of these nose filters are mainly targeting people with allergies and I for one am very interested. Of course the next thing I\'m looking for are some sort of glasses/goggles that don\'t look foolish but will protect the eyes from pollens and such.


I would just like to point out that you\'re body already has a system in place for this kind of thing. It\'s called nose hairs. They\'re not there for fun. So unless you\'re one of the idiots who wax them, these things probably won\'t help any more.


It\'s hay fever season here. This may be worth a try. Hey - only 10 bucks. If I can wear these while sleeping, that\'s worth the price of a good night\'s sleep.


I saw these on the ABC television series \"Shark Tank\" and was intrigued. I have major problems with dusk masks fogging my safety glasses when working in dusty conditions such as mowing a dusty area, spray painting and moving around fiberglass insulation above suspended ceilings in our buildings.

This product looks like it would not allow safety glasses fogging to happen. So I\'m going to give them a try.


Bill Bussey

I have seen a different type of nose filter featured at Do these thing actually work better than face masks? I live in a very polluted area and have been using face masks almost everyday and i am considering trying these nose filters. I am not really into health and personal care much but I tend to have bad allergies when exposed to too much smog.

Brenda Poindexter

I'll try them. I have to go clean my room right now and I am so not looking forward to the dust. Sometimes my nose bothers me so much that it knocks me out after 20 minutes. Guess I'll stick tissue up my nose and see how that goes.

Melissa Paderewski
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