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FDA Approves Pill for Grass Pollen Allergy


The United States Food and Drug Administration recently announced that it had approved the first ever sublingual extract for people with grass allergy.

For years, one of the standard treatments for people with seasonal pollen allergy consisted of many trips to the doctor’s office for “allergy shots”. These injections were extracts made from the plants to which the person was allergic. The shot would be administered, the patient monitored for reaction, and then they would return in a week or two weeks and repeat the entire procedure again.

With the approval of Oralair, now immunotherapy can be administered at home. Oralair is a tablet taken under the tongue. It is quick dissolving. It contains extracts from five common allergy-causing grasses: Timothy grass, Kentucky Blue Grass, Perennial Rye, Orchard and Sweet Vernal grasses.  If you are allergic to these grasses, Oralair will allow you to stop going to the doctor’s office for shots and instead you can take a tablet at home.

The first tablet is taken in the doctor’s office and then you will be monitored for 30 minutes to watch for any adverse reactions. If you experience no reactions or side effects then you will be able to take subsequent doses daily during the pollen season. If you do not have an Epi-Pen, your doctor will prescribe one for you to keep on hand in case of an unexpected severe allergic reaction.

You will need to begin taking Oralair about 4 months before the beginning of pollen season and daily throughout the season. Oralair will only work for you if you are allergic to one of the five grasses included in the extract, so it is not for everyone.

If you are one of the estimated 30 million people in the United States with seasonal allergies then Oralair might be an alternative to those weekly visits to the doctor’s office. It just might be something to discuss on your next visit.

Wishing you the best of heatlh

Mike Krause

The Allergy Store - Helping customers since 1989

800 771-2246

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Don’t wait for warm weather to start your spring cleaning

We recently shared information on Spring cleaning. Now I know that many of you are in areas where there is still snow on the ground and a chill in the air. That doesn’t mean that you can’t start your Spring cleaning. With a little careful planning, you can get a jump on those Spring chores before the tulips are in bloom.

First, consult a reliable source for accurate weather in your area. That could be your local TV station or one of the many weather websites (weatherunderground, accuweather, etc) and find a day that will be sunny and dry. I did an entire Spring clean on a bedroom yesterday in our rental cabin and the temperatures never climbed out of the 40’s. However the air was dry and the skies were clear.

First, take all the washable bedding off of the bed. This includes all of your zippered covers for your mattress, boxspring, pillows, duvets, and featherbeds. Get them in the wash with some De-Mite laundry additive and your favorite detergent.  

For your feather beds, comforters and other items that you cannot wash or do not like to wash you can use a combination of steam and sunlight to get rid of allergens and freshen these items up. The high temperature of the steam and the power of the ultraviolet light will reduce the allergens that you can’t wash away. A Vapamore steamer is perfect for this chore. I set up two areas for steaming:  one inside where I could hang the items to easily steam both sides and a second outside where they could hang in the sun to dry. I used the fabric/upholstery attachment on the steamer to steam both sides of my Downlight comforter and featherbed topper. The same attachment worked great on pillows and my two comforters that are not washable. After each item was steamed, it went outside to hang in the sun to dry. In addition, I gave each a light mist of ADMS antiallergen spray. I couldn't hang the pillows, but I able to set them in chairs! 

After everything was steamed and hanging outside, it was time to tackle the contents of the room. I vacuumed the floor to get up any loose dust then sprinkled down X-Mite Powder to freshen the carpet and neutralize allergens. The contents of the room (furniture, wall hangings, knick knacks, etc) were vacuumed with the round dusting brush attached to my Miele vacuum and then wiped down. Hard surfaces, such as baseboards, painted walls, and furniture were steamed with the Vapamore before wiping down.  

By the time I had this chore complete, the washable bedding was dry as were the steamed items that had been hanging or sitting out in the sunlight. The zippered covers went ...

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Great Tips To Get Your Spring Cleaning Started

Spring is finally here! For so many it has been one rough winter, for a few it is still going on, but there is sun light at the end of the tunnel.

While we must take time to enjoy the warmer weather and blooming flowers we also need to think about getting the spring cleaning started. So let's get started with the hardest but most important room first, the bedroom.

Because bedrooms have so many fiber surfaces they really collect dust and other household allergens during the winter. So, it is important to give them a good top to bottom cleaning, but you have to be careful how and when you do it.

Usually when we talk about cleaning strategies, we recommend to start at the top and work down. The bedroom has a slight deviation from this plan. Start with the bed. Strip all bedding off the bed. This means sheets, blankets, duvets, duvet covers, zippered mattress, and pillow covers. Everything comes off.

Read complete article: Spring Cleaning Part 1 - Tackle the Bedroom

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

Allergy Store - Helping customers since 1989

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Top 5 Allergy Relief Products That Really Work

If you are reading this you must have allergies or someone very close to you does. No matter the reason we can help.

There are a lot of different companies out there trying to sell all sorts of products that are supposed to help relief your allergy symptoms. Many are effective but way too many will just relieve you of your hard earned money.

For the past 20+ years we have helped thousands of people deal with their indoor allergen problems. That is what we do and we are good at it. Here is a list of the Top 5 products that anyone with allergies to pets, mold or dust mites need to be using.

#1 Denaturing or Allergy Control Sprays
#2 Allerpet Pet Solution
#3 Dust Mite Proof Bedding
#4 Laundry Care
#5 HEPA Air Purifiers

For more information on each of these products please take a minute to read TOP 5 Allergy Relief Products. If you have questions please call 800 771-2246

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause

Allergy Store - Helping our customers since 1989

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Why Did Your Bed Bug Treatment Fail?

If you have ever had to deal with bed bugs or know someone who has, you know how bad it can get. You do everything you were told to but the bugs just won't go away. Why?

We had some send us this great article and we thought you may want to read it when you get the chance. It is titled "4 Reasons Your Bed Bug Treatment Failed" by Daniel Mackie.

Here are the 4 reasons treatment it failed.

  1. You did not kill all of them or get rid of the eggs. Bed bugs will hide in the smallest of cracks and while they are there lay eggs. They also will move around the house.
  2. The wrong treatment was used. Bed bugs are already becoming resistant to some of pesticides. Problem is you won't know that until after it is done.
  3. You weren't persistent enough. You have to be tougher than them. You have to be relentless and not let your guard down.
  4. You didn't apply preventitive measures. The best offense is a better defense. Keep them out of their favorite hiding place in the first place. Make sure you cover the beds with bed bug proof (not resistant) mattress covers.
There is no easy answer or treatment for bed bugs. It is a battle but it can be won.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause
Allergy Store - Helping customers since 1989

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Even Spock Could Not Escape COPD

Just read an article from a few days ago where Leonard Nimoy (Spock to so many of us) announced he has COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sadly there is no cure and it is a progressive disease that makes it hard to breathe. "Progressive" means the disease gets worse over time.

COPD is lung condition usually caused by smoking. It affects more than 24 million people in the U.S.and it is estimated that there may be 12 million people who have no clue they have it. Come to think of it I quit smoking about 25 years ago.

He tweeted “I quit smoking 30 yrs ago. Not soon enough. I have COPD. Grandpa says, quit now!! LLAP,”

Mr. Nimoy we hope you also live long and prosper too!

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause
Allergy Store - Helping customers since 1989

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Ever Think Allergies Could Be The Cause Of Your Headache?

Are you one of those people who seem to have a lot of headaches and you really don't know why? Did you know that headaches are one of the most common reasons people see a doctor. Hopefully you are like me and can pop a couple of Advils and move on.

It could be food allergies. Many people who suffer from food allergies report having persistent and annoying headaches. Years of published data and clinical experience suggest that food allergy may be a trigger of recurrent, persistent migraine headaches but just like everything there is some disagreement about that.

While some experts believe that foods can worsen migraines through an allergic process, others believe the trigger is a result of food intolerance. We will discuss the difference between allergy and intolerance later.

It is possible that migraines are triggered by both allergic and non-allergic reactions to foods. I believe so. I get a headache every time we get food with MSG.

Anyway, if you want to read more about allergies and headaches click here. The Allergy Resource Center has an article all about allergies and headaches. If you suffer from headaches then you need to go visit your doctor and see what they say.

Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause

Allergy Store – Helping customers since 1989