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adhesive strength, total area of work, stringiness, adhesiveness Ratio

Nasal Strip Adhesion

Nasal Strips are a breathing aid made out of a stiff yet flexible rectangular material with an adhesive backside. The strip is adhered across the nose above the nostrils and the material’s spring tension helps open the nostrils. Original and extra-strength varieties are offered by most brands of nasal strips. The different varieties vary the strength of the adhesive and the stiffness of the strip. The adhesive needs to be strong enough to keep the strip on the nose and gentle enough to peel away from the skin during removal. Stable Micro Systems’ TA.XTPlus Texture Analyzer and Exponent software were used to analyze the adhesive characteristics of original and extra-strength strips from Breathe Right, CVS, and Walgreens.