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Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips
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Anyone us these?

A.) Are they gluten free, and also if they do have any food product used in their "recipe" then what is it?

B.) Do they work?

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Honestly, I'd be surprised if they had gluten in them or if it would be an issue since you shouldn't have them in your mouth.

I used them for awhile a couple years ago and they worked a little but the glue made my nose itch and I eventually got indentations on the sides of my nose where they adhered. Took a couple weeks for it to go away once I stopped.

I prefer pure saline nasal spray like Simply Saline and a dab of Vick's under my nose when I get the stuffies.

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Not sure on the gluten-free. You're not eating them, and they aren't getting anything on your hands to be transferred to your mouth. I think they work wonders. They do stick really strongly. I usually wet mine before pulling off so as not to pull the skin too much - in the shower is perfect.

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my understanding is that glue may contain gluten

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my understanding is that glue may contain gluten

I just called the Breathe Right folks and asked if the strips contain gluten. They said "no". Then I asked if the adhesive is derived from and "food product" such as corn, soy, etc. I was told that it says it is "a medical grade adhesive, an acrylic type"

I guess that means it has no "food product", right?

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My wife and I both use them. They really help if you're a bad snorer. They also probably help us sleep better, but it's usually more about eliminating noise than improving airflow.

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