An end to the flu? Oral spray 'kills 99.9% of infectious airborne germs'

  • Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germs
  • Spray protects from any germs breathed in for six hours

By Graham Smith

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The influenza season is a thorn in the side of both employees and employers alike.

But a first-of-its-kind oral antiseptic spray promises to end the annual misery endured by millions of flu sufferers, and thousands of lives, around the world. Or so its manufacturer claims.

The Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germs.

Breakthrough? An oral antiseptic spray promises to end the annual misery endured by millions of flu sufferers, and thousands of lives, around the world

Breakthrough? An oral antiseptic spray promises to end the annual misery endured by millions of flu sufferers, and thousands of lives, around the world

Lead author Dr Frank Esper, from the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, said: 'Respiratory tract disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Yet there has been limited progress in the prevention of respiratory virus infections.

'Halo is unique in that it offers protection from airborne germs such as influenza and rhinovirus.'

The scientists used glycerine and xanthan gum as a microbial barrier combined with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) as a broad-spectrum anti-infective agent to fight respiratory illnesses. 

 

To test this, clinical strains of 2009 pandemic H1N1 were used as a prototype virus to demonstrate Halo's anti-infective activity in cell culture assays.

Dr Esper said: 'The glycerine and xanthan gum prevent the germs from entering a person's system and the CPC kills the germs once they're trapped there.'

He said Halo will have clear benefit to aid against infection and reduce disease from epidemic, sporadic or pandemic respiratory viral infections, particularly helping people at risk for severe respiratory illness including immune-compromised individuals with chronic lung disease, and military personnel.

The study findings were presented yesterday at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Francisco.

Easy-to-use: The Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germs

Easy-to-use: The Halo Oral Antiseptic has been found to be 99.9 per cent effective in killing infectious airborne germs

Regular application: The spray needs to be used three times each day to prove effective

Regular application: The spray needs to be used three times each day to prove effective

Another study on Halo will be presented by Dr Mahmoud Ghannoum of UH Case Medical Center, also in Cleveland, showing Halo's effectiveness against disease-causing pathogenic germs.

That study asserts that respiratory and/or systemic infections through airborne and manually transmitted pathogenic microbes often enter the system through the mouth, making Halo, an oral spray that targets these pathogens, an effective way to prevent infections.

Additionally, preliminary data from the researchers found that Halo completely kills all 11 clinical strains of whooping cough against which the spray was tested.

The results showed that when a person used three sprays of Halo, it destroyed airborne germs breathed in for up to six hours, even when people were eating and drinking.

The concept of coating the back of the oral cavity to prevent germs from entering and then providing sustained antiseptic action to kill airborne germs was developed by a Cleveland company, Oasis Consumer Healthcare.

Dr Ghannoum said: 'Exposure to airborne germs is inevitable - especially in crowded environments and when travelling. Unlike other products that support the immune system or protect from germs on surfaces or hands, Halo is the first and only product of its kind to offer protection from airborne germs.'

The Halo Oral Antiseptic is on sale in the U.S. now.

 

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Avoid sugar and wheat and your immune system will look after itself.

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- Resident, somewhere in America, 11/9/ Do get it straight, it is used as a bleach. Not all bleach is chlorine based. Amazing that people are ready to believe wack jobs over medical professionals!

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RE: Asthma: Yamoa powder (Funtumia Elastica) is supposed to be good for asthma.

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VoiceofReason, Auckland;..."Hilarious...hydrogen peroxide does the same thing....Yeah Hilarious that you are encouraging people to swallow bleach!"....Bleach is "Sodium Hypochloride" a totally different chemical than hydrogen peroxide. But DO get it straight. The hydrogen peroxide you buy off the drug store shelf is 3% to 5%, and it would be best if you diluted even from that strength if you want to gargle with it. Hydrogen peroxide causes very powerful Redox reactions that destroy biological cells, which is why it is a VERY effective anitmicrobial. Probably way better than this mouth spray. But it is also harmful to cells in your body. A mouth rinse with it very dilute is not going to harm much though. People DO use it as a mouth wash, and it should be VERY effective. But use it very dilute, and don't swallow it, and I wouldn't use it more than once or twice a day. Rinse and spit it out.

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Yeah Hilarious that you are encouraging people to swallow bleach! - VoiceofReason , Auckland, 11/9/2012 02:55 You do realize the hydrogen peroxide is not a bleach like the chlorine bleaches you buy at the store right? The stuff you buy over the counter is generally safe.It is used as a mouthwash or gargle wash. Wouldn't suggest drinking it, but a mouthfull won't make you sick let alone kill you

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Hilarious...hydrogen peroxide does the same thing...it always has but the drug companies can't patent it...so we are all hypnotized to believe that this product is the best or latest break-through...good PR...never let the truth stand in the way of a good story!- RealityCheck, Sydney, 11/9/2012 1:09 Yeah Hilarious that you are encouraging people to swallow bleach!

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I would worry that the could destroy the normal bacterial flora in the throat and gut. This may lead to worse health long term as the body needs these good bacteria to aid digestion.

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Hydrogen Peroxide and colloidal silver -- truth and conscience , nr Liverpool, United Kingdom, 10/9/2012 19:02 Tell me that you not taking that orally??? Hydrogen Peroxide is a type of bleach and colloidal silver has been proven not to work orally and can cause side effects namely making you look like a bilberry!

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I have been using "First Defense" for a few years now and have found that if used as soon as I have been in contact with anyone with a cold or flu, it has prevented me from becoming infected. Don't know how it works, but it certainly has for me. - Jan , Durham, United Kingdom, 10/9/2012 19:4.....................you don't really know if that's what prevented you getting colds and flu. You may not have got them anyway.

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I don't know why toilets don't have doors that push outwards from the toilet. - Gordon , kungsbacka, 10/9/2012 14:18>>>>>>>Because careless users would slam the door into somebody's face leading to lawsuits etc. - Jim , Vancouver, 10/9/2012 16:34 They do in Hong Kong (to save cubicle space) and they do hit other people in the face.

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