Why Buy from The Allergy Store?

We know there are other stores that sell allergy control products.  You have many options.  So the question is why should you buy from The Allergy Store?

The Allergy StoreWe could throw out slogans like the one Avis uses “We Try Harder“.

We do try very hard to get every order right.  I would think that our competitors try hard also.  I had a boss years ago that told me “Don’t tell me about the labor pains, just show me the baby”. That was her way of telling me she didn’t care how hard I tried, she just wanted to see the results.

We could tell you “we value your business“.

Just Google that term and you will see about 193,000,000 results.   Looks likes lots of people think they value your business.

The Allergy Store Uses the Products They Sell

What you get when you shop with us is a line of products that has been tested and proven to work.  We may not have as many product lines as some of the other allergy product places, but we only carry what we would use in our own home.

So, when you call as ask “What is the difference between De-Mite and Allergen Wash” not only are you going to get an explanation, but it is going to come from someone that has actually used both products.

When you place an order with us, you aren’t just a number.  You are a person.  That is why if you call us regarding an existing order, we don’t ask for an order number first.  We ask you for your name.  That is why we always offer our name, so you know you are also dealing with a person.

Our shipping staff is trained to look for things that don’t make sense.  For example, if you order a mattress cover and box spring of two different sizes, they will pull the order, but it won’t be packed and shipped until we call or email you to make sure there is not a mistake.

We know you might be rushed or hurried when you order on-line, or it could be late at night and you can’t sleep because of your allergies.  It is easy to make mistakes, that is why we review each order as it is pulled.

It is also why your shipping address goes through an address verification program before the order is processed.  It is easy to leave off a suite or apartment number or transpose numbers when you type in your address. That can cause delays in delivery or even for your package to be returned to us. We really do care that you get your order delivered without problems.

We demand high quality from our suppliers because we know you want quality.  In the rare case you get a defective item, we promptly send a replacement and get the defect in the hands of the manufacturer to determine if it is an isolated event (one bad zipper in a thousand) or the first signs of a larger problem.

We know you need information and we want to be the ones to provide it to you.  If you follow this blog, you know we are on top of research and articles that are published about allergy and asthma and share what we think you will find important.

We also listen to you.  We heard from customers that were confused about how to put their mattress cover on their bed.  We filmed a video and put it on our website.  We added an insert with a QR code to each mattress cover package that answers frequently asked questions and gives a link to the video.

When we buy something on-line, we don’t like paying for high shipping charges either. That is why we work with both UPS and the USPS to find solutions that allow us to keep shipping costs down.

We are family owned, and we want you to be part of our family.

That’s why you should buy from The Allergy Store.

Til Next Time!

The Allergy Store

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Can dust mites cause a skin rash?

Red bumps are all over your skin when you get up in the morning. Your skin is red, covered in bumps, and itches like crazy, but doesn’t look dry. Can dust mites cause a skin rash? Sure, you can get a rash from a dust mite,  but it is probably not for the reason you may think.

Allergic Dermatitis

You may think that dust mites bite, like mosquitoes or bed bugs, and that is what causes the skin rash. But that’s not the reason dust mites cause a skin rash.

The rash is a form of dermatitis caused by inhaling small bits of a protein that is produced by the tiny dust mite.  The dust mite doesn’t have teeth and they don’t chew. They secrete a protein that digests their food (they live on shed skin cells). This protein is on the inside of the body and is excreted in their feces. This protein is the source of the number one household allergen, Der f1. Dust mites are so small you can’t see them, their feces are even smaller. But their feces and parts of their dead bodies are a major component of dust in your house.

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Dust Mite Magnified

When you inhale this dust, your body reacts to the protein and starts to produce inflammation. The inflammation can lead to many symptoms, and allergic dermatitis is one. To stop the rash, you must stop breathing the dust mite protein. That means you must stop the dust mite.

Control the Dust Mites and Control the Rash

Dust mites want to live where it is warm, dark, moist, and there is an abundance of food. Your bed is the perfect environment for dust mites. As you sleep, you shed skin; their primary diet. So, there’s lots of food in your bed. In addition, when you lay on your bed, you provide a source of warmth and moisture to the dust mites. Lastly, the sheets and covers help keep your bed dark, even in the daytime. As you can see, the bedroom is a haven for dust mites.

zippered cover that stops dust mitesTo stop the skin rash, you must stop the mites. First, cut off their food supply and trap them where they live. Put a special dust mite proof zippered mattress encasement on the bed. The specially made cover won’t let any more food through to the bed and it won’t let any dust mites out.  Next, wash sheets every 7 days in water that is 140°F hot. That will kill the dust mites and wash them away. If you can’t get the water that hot, use special washing products like De-Mite or Allergen Wash that are made to remove dust mite allergens. Remove curtains and rugs from the bedroom or wash them once a week.  Be sure to dust weekly with damp rags.

Yes, dust mites can cause a skin rash. But it’s not because they walk on you or bite you. It’s because they produce an allergy-causing protein that you inhale. The key is learning how to prevent dust mites and their allergens from becoming a problem.

Wishing you the best of health

The Allergy Store




Bed Bug Covers Have Your Vacation Home Covered

It’s the nightmare no vacation rental owner wants to face.  Bed bugs!  You can screen your rentals but you can’t screen out bed bugs.  It’s good to know that something as simple as bed bug covers on the beds can save you hundreds  of dollars.

How Bed Bugs Travel

picture of bed bugsJust because your vacationers brought bed bugs into your rental doesn’t mean they are dirty people.

Bed bugs can be found in the nicest most luxurious hotels.  They ride from place to place in the trunks of rental cars and in the luggage compartments of airplanes and trains.

Bed bugs can take an Uber or be transferred during a TSA luggage inspection.

Your renters might have left home bed bug free but picked up the hitchhikers along the way.

The best offense is a good defense.

Bed Bug Covers for Every Bed

The vacation rental market is competitive.  You can’t afford to lose zippered bed bug coversrental days for fumigation and replacement of the mattresses, boxsprings, and pillows.    That’s why it is important to keep a good quality bed bug cover on every bed and futon in your rental.

The Allergy Store has been selling bed bug proof mattress covers since we first opened.  Our bed bug covers cover all sides of the mattress and boxspring and zip tight to keep bed bugs out.  If your mattress has already been infested with bed bugs or dust mites, you can rest assured they will not get out.

In addition, bed bugs can not chew through the material or penetrate the fabric with their feeding tubes.  A very thin urethane membrane is heat-fused to the fabric.  This means each bed bug cover is:

  • Waterproof
  • Bed Bug Proof
  • Dust Mite Proof

Even if you are lucky enough to never have bed bugs, your mattresses will last longer.

Your guests won’t even know the covers are there unless you tell them.  And you should certainly tell them about the covers.

It’s A Selling Point!


When you have all of the mattresses in your vacation rental covered, let people know!

It’s a great selling point to assure your potential guests that you care enough to make sure that they sleep unmolested from bed bugs and dust mites.   List your linens and bed bug covers as an amenity.

You can set a small table tent on each bedside reminding them that you put their comfort and health first…that’s why you covered your mattresses, pillows and box springs in bed bug proof covers.

Buy your bed bug covers from The Allergy Store and we’ll help spread the word. We are developing a list of all rentals that are protected and we would love to include yours.  Just let us know in the comments below.

Til Next Time!