Pets Need Allergy Relief Too!

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard of someone purchasing products for their allergies and finding out that their pets get relief from their allergies too!  Pets need allergy relief too.

Carol writes, “I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I love De-mite.  In fact, I just placed an order, and I purchased the liter size of De-mite.  We purchased an Austin Air Cleaner a month ago, and we absolutely love it.  I have allergies as do our cats.  I have noticed that since we have been running the Austin Air Purifier, we are all doing much better.

 Thanks so much for offering such wonderful products, providing great savings offers, and for providing excellent customer service!

I am a pet owner and I am guilty of treating my pets just like family members. So I know what she means. If my cats or birds aren’t feeling well, I worry.  So, I am thrilled to hear that her cats are benefiting from the changes she made in her environment.  Just because they are pets doesn’t mean that they can’t have chronic health problems as well.  You know you need allergy relief.  Why shouldn’t your pets need allergy relief as well.

Its the kind of good news that just keeps you going!

Til Next Time!

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Dust Mites and Humidity

The official first day of Winter this year is December 22, 2011.  Winter may not be here yet, but many people have already turned on their heaters.  A side effect of using heating is a drop in the relative humidity in your home. That drop in humidity  is actually a good thing as far as dust mite populations are concerned.  Dust mites like humidity and dust mites need humidity.  There is a direct relationship between dust mites and humidity.

Exactly what is relative humidity?  It is the ratio of the amount of moisture in the air compared to the amount of moisture that the air can hold at that temperature (dew point). Once the air is saturated, dew forms.

Once relative humidity drops, you  get more static electricity (because the decrease in moisture means an increase in friction) and lots of people find that their nasal membranes and throat feel dry and they have difficulty in breathing.  Low humidity can also cause skin to dry and the scalp to flake. Because dust mites need moisture from the environment to survive, their populations decrease as the humidity decreases.  That is one good thing about dry air.

To combat the dry air caused by heating, many people run humidifiers.  These appliances are designed to put moisture back in the air. This adds moisture to the nasal passages, decreases dry skin and scalp, decreases static electricity and makes the air easier to breathe. It also provides moisture for the dust mites to continue to live and breed.  Dust mites and humidity go hand in hand.

So, if you have dust mite allergies and want to add humidity what should you do?

To begin with, never add more moisture than is necessary to bring comfort.  A relative humidity of 30% to 40% is what you want.  If you start getting condensation forming on your windows, try to dial the humidity back. Speaking of “dialing it back” don’t buy a humidifier that doesn’t allow you to set the humidity level you want. A quality humidifier will have a humidistat, which allows you to set the humidity at your desired level.  If your humidifier doesn’t have this feature, invest a few dollars in a hygrometer.  This measures the humidity levels.

We like evaporative humidifiers because they don’t produce white dust, won’t scald a child if they get too close to the unit, and don’t have the problem of scale build up that occurs with warm mist humidifiers.  There are units that are designed to do multiple rooms and units designed for one room.

No matter the type of humidifier you use, keep the humidity level as low as comfortable so that you don’t make those dust mites too comfortable!

Til Next Time!

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Mask for Travel

On my recent travels, I only saw one person wearing a mask  for travel.

Of course, the bulk of my trip was by car and the people with whom I traveled weren’t afraid of any germs that I might be sharing.

However, two legs of my trip were by plane and I did see one person wearing a mask for travel in the Houston airport.  From the sneezing and coughing I heard on the plane from Houston to Ft. Lauderdale, everyone should have had on a mask.  I am still waiting for that first tingle of the nose that tells you a cold is on the way.

Back when there was the H1N1 scare, the SARS scare, and the bird flu scare before that it was not uncommon to see people wearing a mask when they travel.

We are often asked if the U2 Sports mask is a good mask for travel.  The answer is “yes” if you are concerned about pollens and large particles of pollution in your destination city/country.  When my mother visited China, she said the residents referred to the heavy pollution as “the mist”.  As in “The mist is heavy today”.  How quaint and ever so much more polite than “Holy crap the pollution is so bad I can’t see today”.  It isn’t going to protect you from small particles such as bacteria and viruses.

If your concern is either catching or spreading disease, then the best mask for travel is the N95 Alpha Mask.  We still refer to it as the “Bird Flu” mask.  Because it is designed for 0.1 micron particle efficiency it will protect you against those pesky pollens and pollution particles, but it will also protect you on the plane or train from airborne viruses and bacteria.  Because it is light-weight, it doesn’t get hot and because it is disposable, it is inexpensive.

The person I saw at the airport was wearing an N95 mask. I wanted to ask her if she bought it from The Allergy Store, but I also wanted to make it to the Customer Service counter ahead of all the other people who had just had their connecting flights ruined by Continental Airlines.  So I didn’t ask her.

I also didn’t get to the Customer Service counter ahead of all the other people.


I also didn’t make it out of Houston that day.


Til Next Time!

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