Are You an Informed Consumer of Allergy Control Products?

About 50 million people in the US suffer from allergies. That’s a huge market for allergy-related products. Unfortunately, at the intersection of the growing number of people with allergies and consumer awareness of allergies are many many enterprising and not so reputable companies trying to make a buck. There is nothing immoral or wrong about making a profit. But it is wrong to promise people to relieve suffering and provide allergy relief if you can’t deliver. The Allergy Store believes consumers of allergy control products should be armed with information to make informed decisions. Let’s take a look at some commonly used terms for marketing allergy control products.

It’s Hypoallergenic! 

All the term hypoallergenic means is that the materials used to construct the product were not shown to cause an allergic reaction in the test subjects.  So think about that for a moment. Peanut butter is 100% hypoallergenic to people that don’t have a peanut allergy.  Got it? So that means that a pillow marked as hypoallergenic just means the material in the pillow itself did not cause allergic reactions. That does not mean that when you bring the pillow home it will not collect mold spores or dust mites. In the case of wool products, you must be particularly careful. Wool naturally repels dust mites, so many times it is called hypoallergenic. But wool contains lanolin. This natural substance keeps dust mites at bay, but it causes allergic reactions in many people.

Bottom line: Hypoallergenic is a useless term for evaluating allergy control products

drink water to prevent dry skin It’s All Natural!

These days we assume that something that is minimally processed is better. Natural comes from nature, so it must be better than anything man-made. Sounds so sensible it must be true.

Except all natural does not always mean all good.  Arsenic, poison ivy, and the influenza virus are all natural.  However, I wouldn’t recommend any of them to my friends or family.

The current raw water trend is another great example. Raw water must be great for you because it is all natural and it hasn’t been treated. Except it isn’t. There’s a reason we treat water, and it’s to kill harmful microorganisms.

Bottom line:  Evaluate these claims carefully.  Don’t sacrifice safety at the altar of all natural.

Allergy Control Products like HEPA filters reduce airborne allergens It’s HEPA!

HEPA is a measurement. Think of a ruler from your school days. It measured inches, usually 12 of them at a time.HEPA is a measurement of filtering capability. It means that 99.95% of particles 3 microns or larger are captured by the filter. “Medical HEPA” doesn’t exist. Whether you are in a medical setting or an industrial manufacturing setting or a bedroom, HEPA is HEPA. Putting the filtering measurement in a medical setting doesn’t change the measurement. There are 12 inches in every foot whether you are inside or outside of an operating room, HEPA is the same.

“HEPA like” doesn’t mean anything. Either the filtering capability meets HEPA requirements or it doesn’t. Swimming “fish-like” doesn’t make a tadpole a fish. It’s still a baby frog. HEPA-like doesn’t make something HEPA and you can’t be “like” HEPA. Either it is or it isn’t.

When evaluating any product with HEPA filtration capabilities, you need to also evaluate how and if the unit is sealed. This is particularly important with vacuum cleaners. Many models leak particles before they get to the filter. Ask about how the unit prevents leaks.

Bottom line: Only HEPA is HEPA. Don’t settle for anything less.

Allergy Control Products That Really Work

Don’t fall for marketing hype. Stick with tried and true allergy control products that really work.

Dust mite proof bedding works. It is proven every time it is tested.

Allergen Wash was proven to work in independent studies.   See the results on the manufacturer’s website.

Denaturing agents like tannic acid have been independently tested and proven effective.  Allerpet denatures allergens and the application process removes allergens as well. That’s a twofer.

HEPA air filters remove airborne allergens. Just make sure you get the right size filter for the room.

When in doubt, ask.

Got a question about an allergy control product you’ve seen advertised elsewhere? Drop us a line or give us a call at 1-800-771-2246. We’ll help you evaluate the claims. Be informed. We think that makes YOU the best consumer.

Wishing you the best of health,

The Allergy Store

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Skinnies Eczema Clothing Feels Good

If you suffer from eczema or atopic dermatitis you know how terrible the itching can get. You also know how important it is not to scratch.  No matter how much it itches, you can not scratch or you will cause further damage to your skin. You may know that this cycle of torture is referred to by doctors as the “itch-scratch” cycle.  But did you know about Skinnies eczema therapeutic clothing? skinnies eczema therapeutic clothingIf you have eczema, we have good news! The Allergy Store is very pleased to announce we are now carrying the complete line of Skinnies eczema clothing.  Skinnies are made from all natural silk or viscose. Skinnies eczema therapeutic clothing is comfortable and stylish.  More importantly, Skinnies can help you by reducing the terrible ‘itch-scratch cycle’ so you can enjoy your day.

Skinnies therapeutic eczema clothing is a clinically proven eczema treatment that is so easy to use. All you have to do is get dressed!

Put on your seam free,  irritant free, luxuriously comfortable Skinnies and go about your day. Your skin treatment just got a whole lot easier.  Skinnies eczema therapeutic clothing will fit under your regular clothing and over bandages with ease.

Skinnies eczema clothing is soft, breathable and seamless. Skinnies are easy to use with both wet and dry wrapping and proven to help manage chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and epidermolysis bullosa.

Seamless Design

Each garment is produced individually in one piece using our cutting-edge technology, which creates a 360-degree stretch. There is no sewing together and no seams, making Skinnies extremely strong, especially in those commonly weak areas such as the armpit and groin. Seamfree Technology removes stress points, providing a friction-free fit, in addition, we know some people use the seams as ‘itch points’, this is not possible with Skinnies making them a wonderfully soft and comfortable garment that is easy to wear.

Breathable

By utilizing Skinnies Seamfree Technology, we have designed our garments to reduce friction through everyday movement of our bodies, which improves temperature regulation, reducing heat and sweating that can make itching worse and further irritate the skin.

Washable

Rigorously tested to retain elasticity and function for up to 50 washes dramatically reducing the cost per wear. Skinnies eczema garments are so versatile that they can be used with any brand of emollient for easy wet wrapping. Skinnies are more cost-effective than other competitor products.

A range of sizes and colors

Skinnies are the only garments available on prescription to offer a range of different colors. They don’t look ‘medical’ so children keep then on, meaning the creams stay on and the skin recovers quicker, plus with a wide, dropped neckline, Skinnies eczema garments are more discreet, comfortable and easy to wear.

skinnies therapeutic clothing for babies

We carry a complete line of Viscose and Silk Skinnies for the entire family. No matter if it is a baby, child or adult, we have you covered. The fabric is made with a special weave that makes it strong and durable as well as soft. 

For more information about our line of Skinnies Therapeutic Eczema Clothing click here.

Additional information – What is eczema?

Wishing you the best of health

Allergy Store – Helping customers since 1989

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Does Where You Live Influence Food Allergy and Eczema?

People with food allergy and eczema pay attention. Where you live might have an influence on your condition.  A study published in the March issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology finds that the closer you live to the equator the less likely you are to have food allergies or eczema (you can read the entire study here http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749%2812%2900079-6/fulltex

This raises the possibility that there is a relationship between vitamin D levels, ultraviolet light exposure and food allergy and eczema.  The researchers found that there was a latitude gradient for both peanut and egg allergy and eczema, but not for asthma.

In the children studied, those that lived furthest from the equator were more likely to have each of food allergy and eczema. In the 8- to 9-year-old cohort, the odds of having a peanut allergy were 6 times greater and the odds of having eczema were twice as great in children living the greatest distance from the equator as those residing in the closer latitudes. The report also showed that while there is a relationship between food allergy, eczema and latitude of domicile the same was not true of asthma and latitude of domicile.  In fact, latitude was not a factor in the prevalence of asthma.

It is hypothesized that solar irradiance and its associated effect on vitamin D status might be the agent at work.  Could it be that our fear of skin cancer and ultraviolet light are causing us to have decreased exposure to sunlight and as a result lower levels of vitamin D?  Does vitamin D play a role in protecting children against food allergy and eczema?

We aren’t advocating roasting in the sun and if you are going to be outside you certainly want to protect yourself with some VaniCream SunSport 35, however, if your child has food allergies or eczema, you might want to discuss vitamin D levels with your child’s physician. You can find out more about how you can get eczema here.

Til Next Time!

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