Frequently asked questions
Got questions? Deep breath—we’ve got answers.
Breathe Right® is the #1 pharmacist-recommended nasal strip. And it’s easy to see why. Breathe Right strips are drug-free, and work to instantly open your nose for nasal congestion relief you can feel right away.
Yes! Breathe Right® nasal strips are a drug‑free way to relieve nasal congestion. Learn more about better breathing with Breathe Right.
Breathe Right® nasal strips can be found in the cough and cold aisle of your favourite retailer (whether that’s your local pharmacy or the grocery store). Can’t find Breathe Right strips in store? Ask an employee to help you locate them!
You can also purchase Breathe Right strips online.
Each Breathe Right® nasal strip is uniquely engineered with flexible “spring-like” bands that gently stick 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—instantly opening your nose for relief you can feel right away.
We’re glad you asked! Follow the steps below to start stripping.
The adhesive won’t stick properly to wet, oily, or moisturized skin, so wash and dry your nose before applying.
No, really. Our strips come in different sizes, colours, and skin sensitivity levels, making it easy to determine which strip is best for you.
Position is everything
Place the adhesive side of the strip right above where your nose flares out.
Gently rub the strip to secure it into place on your nose. Take a deep breath through your nose. Better breathing begins now.
Wash your face with warm water for 10 seconds, then gently lift each side of the strip and remove. Ta‑da!
Generally speaking, we recommend the small/medium size for children (and any tiny‑faced folks!) and the large size for adults.
No. Cutting Breathe Right® nasal strips will ruin the functionality/integrity of the product and may cause them to not work as well. If you’re looking for a smaller strip, might we suggest looking for a box of your strip of choice in the small/medium size?
The benefits of Breathe Right® strips—more air, better breathing—aren’t limited to nasal congestion caused by seasonal allergies, or nighttime nasal congestion. On the contrary, Breathe Right strips can help you breathe better just about anywhere. Where you strip? That’s up to you.
Nasal congestion—whether from a cold or allergies—narrows the already-small nasal breathing space in the nose, making breathing through the nose more difficult. Breathe Right® nasal strips widen nostrils, helping you take air in more easily and providing relief you can feel right away.
When you suffer from nasal congestion, absolutely! Breathe Right® strips are clinically shown to instantly relieve nighttime nasal congestion. By opening up your nose for more air, Breathe Right strips offer relief you can feel right away, and help make snoring just a distant bad dream.
If you suspect your snoring is a symptom of a serious condition, like sleep apnea, please see your doctor. Breathe Right nasal strips are not intended to treat sleep apnea.
Yes, it may! Better breathing means better sleep. 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 nose, helping you take in air more easily.
Millions of Canadians have a deviated septum—a bend in the cartilage or bone that separates the nostrils inside the nose. 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 help to improve nasal air flow, allowing you to take in air more easily. Even better? They may offer relief you can feel right away.
Anyone can use Breathe Right® nasal strips! Breathe Right is safe for adults and children over the age of 5. So feel free to strip—whoever you are, wherever you are.
Any child under the age of 5, or people with latex allergies, should not use Breathe Right® strips. The package is sealed with natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions. The strips are made with a medical-grade adhesive. Do not use over sores, sunburned or irritated skin.
Yes, Breathe Right® nasal strips are safe for children over 5 years old. The small/medium size is suggested to best fit a child’s face. We suggest parents of young children help in the application and removal of the strips.
Though we do not make child specific Breathe Right® nasal strips, our small/medium size strips are suggested to best fit a child’s face. Breathe Right nasal strips are safe for children 5 years and up (though we suggest parents of young children help in the application and removal of the strips).
However, the materials used are slightly different. Tan’s material is more porous—when the strip is taken out of the pack and exposed to air, the adhesive is activated to a tackiness phase, creating a glue-like consistency. Clear works in the opposite. The material is non-porous and prevents air from reaching the adhesive material, making it easier to remove after use. So, if you’ve got dry or sensitive skin, Clear strips are probably the perfect match for you!
Breathe Right® nasal strips may be used on a daily basis. Do not use for more than 12 hours per day. If rash or skin irritation occurs, discontinue use. Each strip is for a single use only—do not reapply; use a fresh strip.
Done stripping? Wash your face with warm water for 10 seconds, then gently lift each side of the strip and remove. Gentle is the key word here! Slow and steady wins the race. You can also remove while you’re in the shower.
Always remove your nasal strip while washing your face with warm water or when you’re in the shower. Always remove the strip gently.
An application site reaction may occur, such as redness, irritation, pain, peeling, or bleeding. Hypersensitivity reactions including rash, itching, and swelling may occur when using the nasal strips. If this occurs, discontinue use.
Breathe Right® nasal strips are for a single use only. Don’t reuse them the adhesive is not designed to be used multiple times. Breathe Right nasal strips should not be used for more than 12 hours.
Breathe Right® nasal strips are made with a medical‑grade adhesive. The packaging of the product contains natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. People with latex allergies should not use Breathe Right nasal strips.
Breathe Right® nasal strips do not contain gluten.
All Breathe Right® nasal strip products have an expiration date on the outer box.