Seasonal allergy sufferers typically experience symptoms during spring and fall. Others may have symptoms secondary to being exposed to dust, pet dander or other antigens that trigger reactions from the immune system. Coughing, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes are some of the many common effects that people with allergies experience. Common symptomatic treatments typically involve taking OTC or prescription medications. However, medications are not without side effects and some still do not provide adequate relief. The advent of intranasal red light therapy offers an alternative means of dealing with unpleasant allergies.
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Light spans a broad spectrum of wavelengths that are measured in nanometers or nm. The visible light spectrum goes from violet at a wavelength of 380 nm to near-infrared light at a wavelength of 750 nm. Wavelengths above 750 nm are considered infrared radiation, which is commonly used for night vision optical devices.
Infrared allergy treatment or IAT devices function in the red and infrared light spectrums. The electronic technology has one or two miniature LED light probes. The probes emit red or near infrared light depending on the individual device. The probes are placed one in each nostril and turned on for the designated amount of time. The lights interfere with the immune system by stabilizing the IgE antibodies and preventing the release of histamine, which produces allergy symptoms. The effects of IAT also include a reduction in inflammation, tissue irritation and swelling.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University tested the technology on individuals diagnosed as suffering from hay fever. Following regular treatment sessions, 72 percent of the test subjects reported experiencing a reduction in allergy symptoms. Additional studies performed around the world demonstrated similar results.
About IAT Treatments
IAT device manufacturers generally recommend that clients undergo the treatment for three to five minutes at least twice each day. For severe symptoms, the devices can be used more often throughout the day until experiencing noticeable relief. In general, allergy sufferers notice a dramatic reduction in symptoms after two weeks of consistent therapy. The treatments are painless, do not produce heat and can be used in combination with medication without fear of interaction or adverse side effects. The treatment method is also safe enough to use on children from the age of five and up.
The miniature Bionette IAT device is wireless and small enough to put in a pocket and take anywhere. The all-in-one device measures a mere 2 inches in length, 1.5 inches wide and weighs less than 8 ounces. Two nasal probes are permanently inserted into the top of the unit. The Bionette functions using two Li-ion batteries, which are included.
To use the Bionette, simply squeeze the buttons on either side of the device. The buttons spread the nasal probes and activate the dual light sensors. Insert a probe into each nostril and relax. The adjustable design of the probes make the device more comfortable for users of all ages. Treatment sessions last 4.5 minutes each, and the unit automatically turns itself off when the session ends.
The Bionette can be used up to three times a day. The batteries provide up to 80 treatments. When the batteries are at the end of their lifespan, a light flashes to alert the need for battery replacement. The red light laser therapy device is designed to treat nasal congestion, sneezing, headaches, itchy and watery eyes that are commonly associated with allergic rhinitis, colds or flu.
The portable and inexpensive LifeBasis unit provides two types of treatment in one convenient device. The technology combines red light or low-frequency laser therapy with acupoint pulse waves to alleviate allergy symptoms or snoring. The battery-operated device weighs a mere nine ounces and is approximately the same size as a hand held electric razor. The IAT is extremely user-friendly. The face or front of the unit has the power on/off button, + and – buttons to select treatment intensity, a button for the laser or impulse selection and the timer button. Lights on the screen illuminate based on time, mode and intensity level selections.
The red light or laser mode emits light through dual nasal probes on a wavelength of 650nm. The two nasal probes enable users to treat both nasal and sinus cavities simultaneously. The light absorbs deep into the nasal membranes and up toward the sinuses and brain to stimulate blood circulation, increase blood oxygen saturation levels and reduce inflammation and swelling. The treatments also inhibit histamine and other chemical responses.
Choose pulse therapy by plugging the impulse device into the control unit and placing the metallic clip and probes over the nose just above the nostrils. The gentle impulses massage the pressure points over the nasal nerves to clear sinuses and enhance blood flow while reducing soft tissue swelling to eliminate snoring.
The LifeBase IAT device can be used one to three times a day and up to five minutes per treatment session. The unit functions using three AAA batteries, which are not included. Along with the IAT machine, nasal lights and impulse probes, the device also comes with an instruction manual.
The Tmalltide IAT device is battery-operated and measures a mere 3.5 inches long x 2.5 inches wide. Two elongated, red light probes are connected to a wired power cord that simply plugs into the control unit. The probes emit light at a wavelength of 660nm, which is the equivalent of low-frequency laser intensity.
The device has one on/off button. Simply plug the power cord into the IAT, insert the probes deep into the nasal cavities, turn on the device and listen to music or watch TV for the five-minute treatment session. When the session ends, the green indicator light on the control unit automatically turns off.
The photochemical effects include improved blood gases and blood circulation along with a reduction of nasal swelling and irritation. The unit can be used for allergic rhinitis, colds or flu symptoms that affect the upper respiratory system.
The IAT requires one 9-volt battery, which is not included. Each package comes with the IAT machine, the sensor/probe cable and an instruction manual.