Oil inhaler use has skyrocketed in the United States in recent years, fueling concerns that it could exacerbate asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Experts say the products’ popularity has also led to the development of more complicated and costly products.
“Essential oils are a fantastic product for people with asthma,” said Dr. Robert T. Janssens, an allergy specialist and president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
“They are very effective at controlling inflammation.”
One of the biggest concerns with oil inhalers is that they may not be fully effective when used properly.
A 2015 study published in the journal Asthma & Allergy found that inhaled products made by the popular Allergenx brand were no more effective at treating asthma than inhaled non-essential oils.
But a 2014 study by researchers at the University of California, Davis, showed that inhalers made by Allerga, an all-natural, vegan company, are far more effective than the brands’ non-allergenic versions.
“The best way to control asthma is to use an inhaler, but there are no FDA-approved inhalers for asthma,” Allerica said in a statement to The Wall Journal.
The FDA requires that inhaler makers make sure that their products contain a safe amount of oil and that they do not contain any additives that could lead to allergic reactions.
Allerica’s Allergas inhaler was among the products tested.
The company said the product is not a medical device and is made with oils that are naturally derived from plants and plants grown naturally.
The Allerges product was tested at two sites in the Los Angeles area.
The first tested its product in a lab and the second tested its inhaler at home.
In a statement, Allergiac said it is not aware of any cases of allergic reactions associated with its inhalers.
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