Tis the season! While the pending holiday season is obvious, you can’t miss the signs of cold and flu season too when you walk into grocery stores and pharmacies. Aisle end caps are piled high with cough syrup, cold medicine, and decongestants.

The human rhinoviruses (otherwise known as the common cold) spread wildly this time of year from person to person.” Rhino” means nose in Latin and the rhinovirus is aptly named. When fighting off a rhinovirus, many of us commonly experience varying levels of nasal congestion. While cold medicines and decongestants can help, adhesive nasal strips are especially useful for relieving congestion due to allergies, colds, or the flu.

These simple but ingenious inventions are 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. In addition to helping relieve nasal congestion, they also help alleviate snoring and can increase air intake during exercise.

The strip’s adhesive is one of its most important components. The adhesive needs to be strong enough to keep the strip on the nose and yet gentle enough to peel away from the skin without damage when removed. Our texture analyzers are the perfect tool to test the adhesiveness and stiffness of nasal strips.

Find our more about the specifics of nasal strip testing in this article and also by requesting our new nasal strip testing application study.