SOURCE: Xlear, Inc.

February 07, 2007 10:57 ET

Patience and Prevention Key to Kids Ear and Nasal Ailments

Xlear and Medical Professionals "Prescribe" Xlear Nasal Wash as All-Natural Solution for Fighting Chronic Ear Infections and Allergies in Children

OREM, UT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 7, 2007 -- The number-one reason children go to the doctor is for ear infections, and allergies are the most common chronic disease among children. Experts place the direct cost of treating ear infections at roughly $3 billion a year while more than 50 million Americans annually suffer from allergies. For February, National Kids Ear, Nose and Throat Month, the focus for the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery and pediatricians across the country is on educating parents about prevention and proper treatments of kids ear, nose and throat ailments. Since 2000, Xlear, Inc. has been offering an all-natural preventative solution to help reduce the incidence and impact of ear and sinus infections, as well as allergies.

"More and more research is showing that there is a better way to treat ear infections than by prescribing antibiotics or OTC and prescription allergy meds that can make children lethargic and drowsy," said Blaine Yates, chief executive officer of Xlear, Inc. "According to American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 80 percent of ear infections get better on their own without antibiotics, while patience and prevention continue to be a common prescription recommended by medical professionals for ear infections and allergies. Xlear's all-natural Xlear Nasal Wash is a proven preventative solution that has shown to help fight ear and nasal infections, and keep the nasal passage free and clear of allergy triggers."

Xlear Nasal Wash is a patented nasal cleansing solution containing xylitol, a sweetener found in fruits, vegetables and other natural sources. The xylitol in Xlear Nasal Wash helps to break up and inhibit the attachment of bacteria in the nasal passage. Washing the nose with a hyperosmolar solution (draws out moisture), such as Xlear Nasal Wash, helps to flush out allergens and irritants that lead to ear and sinus problems. When not removed from the body, bacteria can make their way into the ear canal and cause infections, and nasal allergens cause the body's immune system to release histamine and other chemicals, causing nasal swelling, sneezing, itching, irritations, excess mucous production, and sometimes asthma. Xlear Nasal Wash helps flush out the bacteria and allergens before the infection or irritation begins, providing cleaner nasal passages and less dependence on over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Xlear also offers xylitol-sweetened Spry gum, which has also shown to help fight ear infections. Yates added that Xlear Nasal Wash was developed originally by a family physician only after studying xylitol gum research from Eastern Europe. "The doctor that created Xlear Nasal Wash studied the benefits of chewing xylitol-rich gum for children in Eastern Europe. The results of solely chewing xylitol gum were outstanding, which led to the creation of a direct application. While developed originally for his own granddaughter, Xlear Nasal Wash is helping children across the country avoid painful ear infections and frequent doctor visits."

A customer recently emailed Xlear about the impact of Xlear Nasal Wash on her son's ear infections. She commented, "My 6-year-old son has been using the nasal wash faithfully twice a day for six months, even through the summer with constant swimming and has not had even one ear infection! We were one ear infection away from having tubes put in his ears when we went to the dentist for his normal checkup. They told us about xylitol and the benefits of it preventing cavities. I went to to order and found your Nasal Wash and decided to give it a try. It has worked wonders! We have been antibiotic-free ever since."

Xlear Nasal Wash and Spry gum are sold online and through several thousand retailers across the United States and Canada. Consumers can visit Xlear's Store Finder to find the nearest retail location.

About Xlear, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Xlear, Inc. is recognized as one of the leading manufacturers of xylitol products in the United States. Xlear, Inc. is committed to providing consumers with the health benefits of xylitol by manufacturing all-natural, health-enhancing products. Xlear, Inc. offers Xlear Nasal Wash, an award-winning, patented saline and xylitol solution; a complete line of dental health products under the Spry Dental Defense System brand; XyloSweet, raw xylitol crystals used as a sugar substitute in cooking, baking and general consumption; and Fine & Dandy Candy, a growing line of healthy, xylitol-based candies. Xlear, Inc. is a private company with headquarters in Orem, Utah.

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