I noticed one of these things on sale in our local pharmacy and was a bit taken aback at such a solution for an allergy especially as its proposed solution had managed to entirely pass by my personal radar.
I’m not one to rush to purchase an unknown quantity on impulse so though I’d delve into the Internet a bit more to gauge opinions. I managed to find a very much more expensive unit for sale on Amazon UK with some amusing comments from purchasers;
“I was desperate. I found this. I spent a stupid amount of money. I looked like a firefly three times a day for six weeks…”
Some were good and inevitably others for whom the treatment had not worked were less complimentary, which no doubt pained the purchaser slightly more after spending £80 as opposed to the £14 version I saw in the local pharmacy.
I’m suffering a lot with hayfever this year despite my usual piriton tablets so am wondering if £14 (now £16.99 as of June 2012) is a price worth taking a chance on that such a “left-field’ form of therapy might see some relief though I admit to being as skeptical as I am intrigued.
If anyone has tried red light therapy for the relief of allergy symptoms I’d love to hear how you got on whether good or bad.
Follow-up technical info: This device is stated to be a class IIA medical device that uses dual wavelength photo-therapy (652 nanometer & 940 nm).One wavelength is stated to improve blood flow and circulation whilst the second red light wavelength suppresses the cells that release histamine therefore reducing inflamation and the irritation symptoms of allergic rhinitis.
Update June 2010
Lloyds have now introduced a new design red light allergy device that accepts replacement/ extra LED probes. Originally introduced at £19.99 they now seem to be on offer (as of June 22 2010) for just £10.