SOURCE: Xlear, Inc.

November 13, 2007 10:35 ET

Xlear Emphasizes Prevention as New Ear Infection "Superbug" Raises Concern for Overuse of Antibiotics

New "Superbug" Causes Ear Infections in Children and Is Resistant to Multiple Antibiotics

OREM, UT--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Ear infections are one of the most painful illnesses that children can endure, which is why they often result in the prescription of antibiotics. A study in 2006, however, indicated that treating ear infections with pain medications and a wait-and-see approach is as effective as immediately giving antibiotics. The difference is that the over-prescription of antibiotics has led to a growing number of bugs that have become resistant to antibiotics, including a new "superbug" discovered in New York that is resistant to all approved drugs used to fight ear infections in children.

Xlear, Inc., a leading provider of xylitol rich products, continues to emphasize prevention when it comes to treating the number one reason why children go to the doctor. Xlear (pronounced "clear") offers an all natural preventative solution that assists the body's natural cleansing process and defense system. Xlear Nasal Wash is a patented nasal cleansing solution containing xylitol, a natural 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, which can ultimately lead to ear and sinus infections.

"Ear aches are a problem for parents who have to comfort their children suffering from a very painful condition, and they are a problem for doctors who want to prevent antibiotic resistance," said Blaine Yates, chief executive officer of Xlear, Inc. "We are living in a daycare society, and more and more kids are getting ear infections. In fact, research shows that upwards of 83 percent of kids will have one or more ear infections by age three. Like washing hands, the best treatment against illnesses and infection is prevention. Xlear Nasal Wash was developed by a family physician concerned about his own grandchildren, and is an ideal alternative in the fight against the over-prescription of antibiotics. With the propensity for prescribing antibiotics continuing, we are likely to see more 'superbugs,' so it's important that we focus our best efforts on prevention and working with the body's natural systems, rather than treating the symptoms and over-prescribing medications."

Washing the nose with a hyperosmolar solution, such as Xlear Nasal Wash, helps to flush out irritants that can lead to ear and sinus problems. When not removed from the body, bacteria can make their way into the ear canal and cause infections. Xlear Nasal Wash helps flush out the bacteria before the infection or irritation begins, providing cleaner nasal passages and less dependence on over-the-counter or prescription medications.

Xlear Nasal Wash is available 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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