Let's Talk Allergies


New Uses For Old Dust Mite Pillow Covers

I am always interested to find people using allergy control products in unusual ways.   We had a customer that was extremely allergic to mango pollen and she lived in an area of Jamaica that was loaded with mango trees.   The pollen gave her fits.   She absolutely swore that mopping the floors with De-Mite did more to control the pollen in her house that mopping with any other solution.   As long as she lived in Jamaica, she mopped with De-Mite.  

This past Easter Sunday, I found someone in my church using a zippered mattress encasement as a cover for her dish at the potluck.   I had to laugh and asked her what on earth she was doing.   She told me that several years prior to her becoming knowledgeable about good zippered dust mite covers, she purchased some very inexpensive covers made of SMS material.  

As you can imagine, she quickly discovered that SMS is not a great fabric for any piece of bedding upon which you directly sleep.   She found it to be loud and hot.   I told her that we love SMS box spring covers, but we do not even sell a pillow cover made from SMS because it just is not comfortable.

She told me how much happier she was with the all cotton dust mite covers that she purchased from The Allergy Store but she hated to get rid of the old covers.   So, she started using them to carry hot or cold dishes to potluck dinners.   She said they are great because whether your dish is hot or cold, it will not hurt the seat of your car.   In addition, even if the contents escape the plastic wrap or aluminum foil covers it will not splash in the car and create a mess.   She also shared that she uses the covers to store some of her serving dishes.   The covers keep her dishes protected from chipping and keep them dust-free.  

I have to admit this was one weird use for a zippered pillow encasement!  So if you have some zippered dust mite covers that you don’t think are very comfortable, you might want to consider replacing them with some of our AllergyCare 100% Cotton covers and don’t throw away those uncomfortable covers, use them for dish carriers.

Until next time


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New App Creates Epi-Pen Network

If you have severe allergies, you can run the risk of very serious condition known as anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis happens when you are extremely sensitive to an allergic trigger and you have an exposure to that trigger. Your blood vessels will widen to the extent that it can cause your blood pressure to drop so low that you pass out. In addition, the widen blood vessels will cause swelling and if this swelling is of the throat or airways you may not be able to breathe. Anaphylaxis is life-threatening situation.

The first line of treatment is an injection of epinephrine that must be administered immediately. The epinephrine will begin to shrink the blood vessels and shrink the swelling. These injectors are known as Epi-pens or Auvi-Q injectors. The epinephrine does not stop the shock, but it will buy the individual enough time to get to an emergency room or for the arrival of emergency medical professionals who can begin proper treatment.

When first diagnosed with the severe type of allergies that can trigger these attacks, the attending physician will prescribe an epinephrine injector. Unfortunately, many people with these life-threatening conditions leave their home every day without their injector in tow. This means that when needed, the life saving epinephrine will not be available. No matter the reason for leaving the Epi-pen behind, it can cost you your life.

Now there is a new mobile application that has been developed to help locate an Epi-pen or Auvi-Q if one is needed and not on hand. The App Epi-Pen Network will tell you if there is anyone in your area with epinephrine in case of emergency.

The network is scheduled to launch at the end of May 2014. You can go on-line now to register to be notified when the app is available. Once you register and download the app, you can use it to both locate and notify others in the network in the case of emergency. The network is not designed to encourage people with the risk of anaphylaxis to be irresponsible but is designed to function as a safety net if an emergency should arise.


Wishing you the best of health

Mike Krause

Allergy Store – Helping our customers since 1989
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