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

©Copyright 1996-2018 AllergyStore.com™ All Rights Reserved

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Dust Mite Facts and Fiction

If you are allergic to dust mites it is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information (both true and false) in literature and on the internet. Just as you have to get rid of the clutter in your bedroom, we are going to cut through the dust mite clutter and sort it into dust mite facts and dust mite fictions.

dust mite facts Dust Mite Facts

  •  Dust mites are blind
  • They have 8 legs and are related to spiders
  • Dust mites have two gripping suckers at the end of each leg
  • Dust mites are covered by a hard cuticle that must be shed as it grows
  • There are two major species of dust mites (dermatophagoides farinae – commonly known as the North American mite and dermatophagoides pteronyssinus – the European dust mite)
  • Dust mites float in water
  • A female dermatophagoides far. will lay 1 egg a day for about 30 days.
  • The adult dust mite has about 19 to 30 days to reproduce depending on the relative humidity and the temperature of the environment.
  • The allergen causing protein is in the gut of the mite and is expelled in its feces.
  • Dust mites cannot be seen with the unaided eye. They are microscopic.
  • Dust mite body parts and feces are the major component of house dust.
  • Dust mites will eat the skin of other mammals if human skin is not available.
  • Dust mites love humidity
Dust Mite Fictions
  •  Dust mites bite
  • Dust mites are a sign of a dirty house
  • Acaracides are effective in killing dust mites
  • You can see dust mites on your bed
  • Dust mites live in your heating and ac vents
  • Only humans are allergic to dust mites
  • Dust mite colonies live in our clothing
  • Dust mites can be totally removed from a mattress by vacuuming
  • You can outgrow dust mite allergy
  • Dust mites cause mange in dogs and cats
  • Dust mites are killed by sunlight (just like vampires)
  • Dust mites drink your sweat while you sleep

It is important to know the dust mite facts because this knowledge is what will help you in your dust mite battle. If you know the allergen is in the feces and body and that mites float then you know you need to take special steps when washing your bedding. This is why we suggest the use of De-Mite Laundry Additive or Allersearch Allergen Wash in the wash cycle instead of relying on the heat of the dryer to remove allergens.

Another practical application from the dust mite facts is that dust mites will eat the skin from your pets. That means you need to keep your pet’s bedding washed as well as yours.

If you see some type of small insect on your sheets, you know from the dust mite facts that this is not a dust mite. You also know that calling an exterminator is a waste of money for removing dust mites from your home.

Hope this helps clear the air.

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