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Summer time is here to stay with record breaking temperatures and what better way to cool off than jumping in a pool. Being in the water has more benefits than just cooling down and having fun. People from all around the world use water as a form of exercise and therapy. People with muscle and joint pain often find exercising unpleasant and turn to water therapy as a relief. The largest benefit of doing water therapy and exercises is that when you’re submerged in deep water, you unload 90% of your body weight through water buoyancy1. By decreasing the amount of joint stress it is easier and less painful to perform exercises. People with a weight problem often find working out in water pleasant as the water environment soothes and supports their muscles and joints while staying cool.
Water therapy covers a broad set of techniques including aquatic exercise, physical therapy, bodywork, and body movement based therapy in water. There are products that assist in these exercises such as resistance based weights and noodles. These resistance items allow for muscle strengthening without the need of actual weights. Using these products in conjunction with waters buoyancy allows a person to strengthen and repair the body without joint stress that can’t be experienced on land 2.
AquaJogger Active Starter Kit
This active starter kit is a complete system for a total body resistance workout. While breathing naturally above water, a person can move freely underwater and perform a multitude of workouts. This kit comes with resistance dumbbells, cuffs, and a belt to assist with ones aerobic therapy.
SEAL-TIGHT Sport Cast and Bandage Protector
These body wraps are great if you need to do water exercises but are suffering with a cast or open wound. Seal-Tight Sport is a safe, economical protector for casts and bandages during recreational water activities or daily showering and bathing. With regular care, these last for three to four weeks of daily usage.
AquaJogger Sqoodle Water Noodle
Standard water noodles are hard to use due to their round shape as they’re hard to keep under oneself. This noodle is square so it offers a no roll design to sit, kneel, stand or float on it. This item has more buoyancy for more support and more resistance than other regular noodles due to the high density EVA foam.
“I love this noodle. Not only can I use it during aquatic therapy, but I can also use it for balance and stabilization exercises. It’s a fraction of the cost of a foam balance beam, and more comfortable to lie on than foam rollers.” by DPT from Augusta, GA
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of therapeutic products. If you are looking for hydrotherapy products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your needs.
People with medical heat intolerance conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) can feel their symptoms become worse when their body temperature increases. Many people can feel much worse by just a half degree difference in temperature! MS research has proven that heat and humidity often aggravate common MS symptoms 1. This is where body cooling systems give relief to people experiencing MS symptoms. Now there is no reason to be stuck inside on a warm summer afternoon as these cooling systems gives freedom back to those who enjoy the outdoors.
The body cooling systems are not just for people with medical conditions but have been used by many different people. Cooling the body can be beneficial for emergency response workers, military personnel, athletes, industrial workers, or people with outdoor jobs 2. The nice thing about cooling products is that they’re discreet and provide relief for hours. There are many different options giving people the ability to stay active while cooling.
Kool Max Zipper Front Cooling Vest
The most common cooling product is a full size vest that contains insulated pockets which hold small cool worn over your regular clothing and provide a temporary cooling relief which can last up to a few hours. These vests have many different cool pack locations so the individual can place the packs where they’re most needed. The cooling packs cool up to 3-4 hours in any climate and are thin so they don’t protrude your clothing. These are believed to be the most cost effective cooling items however they require access to a freezer.packs. The vests are typically
One of the worst things about having MS is feeling like a prisoner to the AC in the summertime. I am very active bike riding, gardening etc and it’s all thanks to this vest! Heck I’m even doing housework in it. Love love love it! – Becky S
Cooling Baseball Cap with Evaporative Insert
This fashionable hat works great for work or any activity. You can even retrofit the cool pack to your own hat! Evaporate cooling is another effective way to cool during the warm weather but are ideal for low humidity days and dry climates. Garments are designed to be briefly soaked in water causing a natural cooling effect as it evaporates. These are lightweight and contain cooling beads that will cool for hours. As long as there is a cold source of water nearby, this will keep one cool all day long. This works by that the temperature of dry air can be dropped significantly through the phase change of liquid water to water vapor (evaporation). You will see similar effects of misters out on patios in southern states.
Cool Kids Cooling Vest – Cool 58 packs
Cooling products are not just for adults but even for kids! The phase change technology in the Cool 58 packs are great for long term cooling when you’re not near a freezer. These cooling packs freeze at a moderate temperature of 58 degrees and cool at this constant temperature. They can be activated in ice water or the refrigerator and cool up to 2-3 hours in any climate. They use less cooling energy than the traditional cool packs due to the gel composition and freeze point. Keep a container of ice water with you on your travels and be cool and dry for hours on end.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of body cooling and multiple sclerosis relief products. If you are suffering from medical heat intolerance conditions, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your body cooling needs.
April showers brings May flowers. For many people, a spring seasonal transition isn’t a welcomed time. The allergy season starts for many when flowers start blooming. It is possible to survive this season with a few survival tips 1.
- Educate yourself about allergens
- Reduce exposure to allergens
- Consider using over the counter remedies
- Consider receiving an allergy shot
Those tiny pollen grains floating through the air are what makes life miserable for people with allergies. The pollen rate is typically worse on windy days as the light pollen gets picked up and travels with the wind. The pollen is so light that a even slight breeze can make thousands of spores go airborne.
According to Sakina Bajowala MD, an allergist, pollen counts tend to be higher between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. so staying indoors at those peak hours can drastically reduce your exposure. Some tips to avoid pollen is to monitor pollen counts via local news stations, shower before bed to avoid bringing pollen into the bedding, and wash or wipe down items that have been exposed to pollen such as pets, hands, or clothes 2. Let Allegro Medical make this seasonal transition painless with some proven allergy stopping products.
Claritin Tablets – Non-Drowsy Allergy Relief
One of the most proven over the counter medicines is Claritin. Claritin is the only brand proven to make you as alert and focused as someone without allergies. Claritin provides all-day, non-drowsy relief of allergy symptoms so you can focus on your day and not on your symptoms. Relieve your sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itching of the nose and throat with the non drowsy Claritin. Click here for all other allergy medicines offered by Allegro Medical.
Multi-Tech XJ-3000C HEPA & Ionic Air Purifier
An air purifier is one of the best ways to maintain an allergy free living area. Air purifiers constantly circulate air that is 99.5% pure throughout your room. These are ideal for a family room, bed room, or baby’s room. The Surround Air Multi-Tech XJ-3000C Hepa & Ionic Air Purifier removes particulate from the air such as: bacteria, mold, dust mites, and other allergens. The Multi-Tech XJ-3000 Air Purifier features multiple technologies to remove nearly all types of pollutants, yet very low replacement costs. Click here for our complete selection of air purifiers.
This is a great air purifier. I have one for home and one at work. You can hit a button to run it for a couple hours and it will shut off. This is great if you don’t need to run it continuously. They also make a smaller unit but this is quieter. I also like that I can shut off the ionizer or only run it for a couple hours at a time. We have 2 dogs and a cat and this keeps the pet hair and dust down nicely.
by Joe Joest from Long Beach, CA
Allergy Control Bed Pillow
Unlike ordinary pillows, Microfiber pillows do not need to be washed weekly to eliminate allergens,but only need to be washed infrequently when soiled. The Allergy Control Bed Pillow is a soft, supple, quiet cover with hypoallergenic fiberfill. Good air porosity for a fluffier pillow and easy to maintain while self-deodorizing. Breathable, lint free, lightweight and no special coatings to flake off. Antimicrobial protection using EPA registered antimicrobial technology provides effective control of microorganisms commonly associated with health problems and lasts the life of the product. Click here for our complete selection of allergy control pillows.
Since 1997, Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of allergy relief supplies to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are combating allergies this season, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your allergy relief needs.
Allegro Medical and Cure Medical have teamed up to provide consumers with a unique incontinence experience. Cure Medical invests into both manufacturing technology and research to find the perfect product for their users. This dedication came straight from the founder of Cure Medical. Bob Yant, founder of Cure Medical, suffered a C-5 spinal cord injury when he hit his head on a sandbar. Being a catheter user himself, Bob wanted a product that was different and more comfortable than what the market had to offer. He created what the Cure Catheter is today. Since the day of his injury, Bob became dependent on others and wanted to give back to find a cure. He has committed 10% of all Cure Medical’s net profits to be donated to spinal cord research. Now many devoted scientists can pursue their research and ideas with these donations 1.
Cure Medical has changed catheters forever with their manufacturing processes. Cure designed their catheters to have the least amount of trauma upon catherization. This is because of their unique fire polished eyelets. These eyelets increase comfort when inserting and reduce the risk of UTI’s. Cure slits the catheter and then melts the tube for that smooth eyelet versus other catheters that only have the eyelet cut. Below you can see the differences between a Cure Catheter and others on the market.
Some other unique facts for the Cure product line are that they’re also DEHP and latex free. Most all still have the same flexibility of traditional catheters. Below are a few new products that Cure Medical has released with the features above.
Cure Intermittent Straight Catheter with Hydrophilic Coating
The Cure Hydrophilic Intermittent Catheter is a high quality affordable hydrophilic sterile straight tipped catheter with a purified water packet and gripper for easy use. Unlike saline, the purified water minimizes staining. The sterile purified water packet allows you to activate the hydrophilic catheter anywhere. These come in the most common french sizes with a universal funnel on the end that can be attached to most extension tube kits.
Cure Twist Pre-Lubricated Intermittent Female Catheter
Cure Medical thought outside of the box to give females a conveniently packaged and discretionary catheter to hide in a purse or other carry bag. This no drip, no mess sterile female catheter is about the size of a mascara wand. The Cure Twist hydrophilic female intermittent catheter is pre-lubricated with easy, twist open top. This catheter carries all of the other common features that Cure Medical offers.
Allegro Medical supports Cure Medical in their research for a cure. Help support the research with the purchase of Cure products at Allegromedical.com. Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your catheter and incontinence supply needs.
Many people avoid going to the doctor to get a shot of medicine due to a fear of needles. Unlike the needles of the early 1900′s which were blunt, non sterile, and thick, modern technology changed administering antibiotics and injections forever by developing needles that minimize pain and trauma.
A syringe is a simple pump consisting of a plunger that fits tightly in a tube to assist pushing liquids or solids into an object either through a needle, tubing, or a nozzle. The most common use of a syringe is to administer injections into the body. Syringes come in both a disposable all-in-one unit with the needle attached or with the plunger and tip separate. Syringes come in a number of designs in order to properly choose a tip that best suits the needed application. The common tip styles are luer lock, slip tip, catheter tip, and eccentric tip 1. Also the needles come in a variety of gauges or thicknesses, and lengths depending on what and where you will be administering.
The two common needle types you will come across are the polypropylene slip hub and the luer lock hub. The luer lock hub is specific to the luer lock syringe barrel as it uses threads to screw on and attach. The slip tip polypropylene hubs work with the rest of the other common types of syringes. These syringes slip over the barrel tip and compress for easy installation and removal.
These needles also have the option of having different thicknesses between 14 gauge to 30 gauge and lengths between ¼” and 2”. Shorter needles are usually for injections for right under the skin, longer lengths for getting past muscles, finer gauges for less pain, and thicker gauges for long needles and thicker skinned individuals 2.
Some common syringe barrel types are the luer lock, normal slip tip, catheter tip and eccentric tip. Most needles will work with each type of syringe barrels as they use the polypropylene attachment as seen above. A regular slip tip syringe is very common as the needle installation and removal is quick and simple. A catheter tip is commonly used for injecting through tubing or where a regular slip tip needle is larger than the standard slip tip.
Eccentric tips are common when one needs to get very close to parallel with the skin. The tip is just about in line with the outer body of the barrel to give one that close needed access. This is common when one is trying to inject into a surface vein and you don’t want to penetrate through both walls of that vein.
The final syringe type one will come across is the luer lock. As stated earlier, the barrel and the needle tip simply twist together to give a more permanent use as you can see in the above picture. These also have been designed to make a more leak free connection between the male end on the barrel and the female needle counterpart 3.
The most common and recognized type of syringe is the U-100 insulin syringe. These insulin syringes are meant to be one time use only thus the low cost. The U-100 indicates the concentration of your insulin meaning there’s 100 units of insulin in every 1 mL. The picture to the right shows a standard insulin syringe with a protective safety cap which has been removed. The needles are typically very thin and range between 23g to 25g to cause the least amount of trauma and bruising to patients. These syringes come in both permanently attached and removable needle types.
Safety should always be used when dealing with syringes. A sharps container is filled with used medical needles and any other sharp medical instruments such as IV catheters and surgical blades. You can read more through this blog. There are many general safety rules that everyone needs to abide by. You should never throw loose or used needles into the garbage, never flush used needles down the toilet, and never put needles in recycling containers. You should always use a specific container designed for the disposal of sharps and dispose of it properly 4. Check out “Sharp Thinking – The Point of Disposal” for more information on sharp disposal.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical supplies to providers and consumers. Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your syringe and medical supply needs.
There are natural vitamins and chemicals in the body that help restore and rejuvenate one’s skin. You should be looking to find products that have natural premium ingredients inside that best replicate the same chemicals your body produces. Taking care of your own and another’s skin is so important because it is the body’s natural barrier to acquired conditions such as pressure ulcers, cuts, skin tears, and infections.
Choosing the correct skin care item to maintain healthy skin can be an overwhelming because there are so many different ingredients and brands of skin care products. The competitive marketing of these different skin care products through T.V. commercials, YouTube, and Facebook doesn’t make one’s choice any easier. People need to be aware of what they are actually purchasing and what the active chemicals do to their skin. For example, benzoyl peroxide is commonly use to treat acne, but it is an extremely skin drying chemical that no matter what moisturizer you use, it won’t help revitalize your skin 1.
To help maintain or restore your bodies’ skin to its natural state, one should follow an easy multi-step skin wellness plan – cleanse, moisturize, and protect.
Step one is to cleanse the skin. One should be choosing a product that is gentle with no harsh ingredients. A very popular and naturally safe ingredient is Jojoba oil which gets extracted from the jojoba plant. This is very similar to oils produced in the skin so doing a complete cleanse with a product that contains this natural ingredient is most beneficial to ones skin.
Kendall No Rinse Body Wash and Shampoo
This Kendall body wash and shampoo is a gentle no rinse cleanser you can use for your body, hair, or sensitive perineal area. This cleanser contains the natural jojoba oil to restore moisture back to your skin. The use of traditional over the counter soaps tend to try the skin and raise the pH level to where your skin dries out and is susceptible to germs and bacteria. So when you’re looking for a cleanser, look for something that contains natural oils along with being “pH-balanced” 2.
Step Two is to moisturize your skin. You want to look for something that has Dimethicone as its active ingredient. This ingredient replaces oil lost from excessive dryness or over exposure to wetness. This helps rejuvenates the natural barrier that your body produces. People with cracked, chapped or chafed skin will benefit from this product.
Secura Skin Moisturizing Lotion
This moisturizer is especially beneficial to treat dry, rough, itchy, and minor skin irritations. One should apply this as often as the skin needs to condition and moisturize dry skin. Moisturizing creams with a high amount of Dimethicone can be used on the perineal area to prevent future irritation to the skin. Moisturizers can also help alleviate irritation tosensitive skin 3.
The third step is to protect your skin. These products often contain an ingredient called Benzalkonium Chloride which protects against microbial contamination. These contamination’s are what cause secondary infections including fungi and bacteria. Exposed skin in the workplace, home, or clinical setting can pick up unwanted contamination’s. These bacteria’s also can cause unwanted odors that have been accumulating on an unsanitized surface.
Thera Antimicrobial Body Cleansing Spray
This is a no-rinse antimicrobial spray that inhibits bacterial growth while washing the skin of germs and other infectious bacteria. These are the last step to help hydrate and improve the appearance of the skin.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of skin wellness and medical supplies to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are combating skin problems, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your skin care wellness needs.
Nutritional supplements have been designed to assist with ones daily intake of nutrients. People with health risks who have a hard time meeting the necessary daily nutrients find these supplements satisfying. One is able to fill in any deficient vitamins and minerals while obtaining all other essential needs 1. Instead of popping a single pill for a specific vitamin, one is able to obtain 100% the bodies need of all essential vitamins.
Ensure Plus Shakes – 8 fl oz Recloseable bottles
These Ensure shakes are very popular for people of all ages. Since this is a liquid consumable you can take this with you and have it be a completion of your meals total vitamins and nutrients. Although this contains 50% of your daily vitamin C consumption amount, you will receive the rest through your regular meal. These all in one shakes are to help fill in any missing essential vitamins and minerals and taste great while do so!
“For years I have struggled with my weight. It didn’t matter how much I ate or what I ate, I just couldn’t gain anything. Back in January of 2008 I was 80lbs. I started drinking Ensure Plus about the end of January. I know weigh 114lbs. I drink at least one a day, usually in the morning. and occasionally will have one at night before bed. It has made a huge difference in how I look and feel. I finally look healthy and I feel great. I have so much more energy. I would recommend this to everyone that has under weight issues or just needs a boost in energy”
- by Feeling Great from Stillwater, NY
Oxepa – Complete Nutritional Supplement
This is great for people who may be critically ill with limited ability to feed them self. This is very similar to the ensure shakes but this Oxepa supplement can be used as a sole source of nutrition. It contains 100%+ of your daily essential vitamin amounts.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of nutritional supplements to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are combating health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.
Vitamin C may be the most familiar of all nutrients for its strong benefits. Since we can’t self produce Vitamin C, we need to absorb it through food or supplements. It is always best to receive your vitamins through natural foods however, it’s not always obtainable. This is where vitamin supplements are beneficial. Receiving Vitamin C from natural foods such as green vegetables and fruits are the best ways to absorb Vitamin C. Did you know that Papaya, bell peppers, and broccoli have the largest amounts of Vitamin C? Eating healthy has nothing but positive benefits for your body such as a stronger immune system, heightened alertness, and clear thinking 1. Vitamin C is also commonly known for its benefits for your skin, brain, and immune system which I will go into further discussion below.
How much vitamin C do you need? Below is a chart listing average daily recommended intake rates for people of different ages 1.
|Birth to 6 months
|Infants 7–12 months
|Children 1–3 years
|Children 4–8 years
|Children 9–13 years
|Teens 14–18 years (boys)
|Teens 14–18 years (girls)
Below we will discuss a few of the benefits and why you should really consume the recommended amount each day!
Vitamin C has many benefits that goes unnoticed throughout the year but can really help you during winter. Did you know that vitamin C can reduce the length and severity of cold? According to the NIH’s Office of Dietary Supplements, people who are exposed to cold weather can consume 250 milligrams of vitamin C daily to reduce the chance of catching a cold by up to 50% 2!
You probably don’t associate wound care healing with vitamin C either. Collagen is part of the skins connective tissue which is needed in order for form a closure for a wound such as scraps, cuts, or gashes. The body needs vitamin C in order form collagen and to speed up the healing process for your wounds 2. People with skin ulcers can especially benefit from a healthy dose of vitamin C to help the healing process of these open wounds. Skin care companies often place vitamin C in their lotions because of the benefits to help prevent wrinkles and tighten your skin definition. Vitamin C in lotions assists with slow aging to protect the skin from the sun, pollutants, and other environmental hazards as well 4.
Vitamin C is necessary to make certain neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters are the signals that carry thoughts, feelings and commands throughout our brains. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is affected by the most commonly used medications for depression. While it doesn’t combat depression directly, it has been used to as an overall mood support assistant 1. Eat healthy and be happy!
Below are some products that are ways to receive vitamin C.
Betancourt Essentials Vitamin C 100 Tablets – 100 soft gel pills
This is a direct method to consume your daily amount of vitamin C. These pills are typically taken in the morning so your body can break down and use this vitamin all day. This is a great way to help promote a healthy immune system.
Emergen-C Bone Health Formula – Powder form added to glass of water
Emergen-C Bone Health Formula in conjunction with adequate nutrition and weight bearing exercise, is an important component for maintaining peak bone mass at all ages. 500 mg of Vitamin C as 7 mineral ascorbates, 250 mg of extremely soluble forms of Calcium with Vitamin D and Magnesium. The added Vitamins C & D aid maximum calcium absorption – so your bones will really feel the good. And you taste buds will enjoy the mixed berry flavor.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of vitamin C nutritional supplements to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are combating health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.
Have you heard of the term “Resolutioner”? In the fitness industry it’s a widely used term for people who sign up for a gym membership right after the New Year. The month of January usually sees about a 30% increase in new gym memberships. People are joining for the right intentions, but sadly, most of those new memberships go inactive after 30 days 1. Below are some interesting stats according to a U.S. Government survey.
- 75% will last a week
- 64% will keep the membership for a month
- 46% will make it to the six month mark
According to Town Sports International CEO Robert J. Giardina, “Exercise isn’t easy. Most people don’t like it. But if they can get past a certain point — usually it’s about two months or 12 workouts — they get committed.” We all know about exercise is great for one’s health but there are some other health problems that exercising has proven to treat effect and efficiently. Here are some health problems you can help overcome to stay driven to keep going back to the gym or even some simple workouts at home.
Anxiety: The world we live in is so fast paced that it’s no surprise that we all suffer from anxiety. We worry over work, school, money, and family issues. Studies have proven that people who exercise are 25 percent less likely to develop anxiety than people who don’t 2. Psychologists suggest that a 10 minute walk may be just as good as a 45 minute workout. They have seen that exercise may improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress 2. Challenge yourself. Take a lap or two around your workplace building and see what happens after a week of doing this.
Sleep Problems: Have a hard time sleeping? Lifting weights and general exercise is just as good as building muscle as it is with helping you catch some sleep. Multiple studies shown that people who exercise experience deeper, higher quality sleep than people who don’t. Insufficient sleep is linked to a variety of health problems that can be fought off with exercise. Push back on that weight gain, fatigue, heart disease, and stress. So if you suffer from sleep apnea, you have another reason to get back into a workout routine 3.
Asthma: Exercise isn’t something that will eliminate asthma but it’s been proven to dramatically reduce its effect. In fact, asthma is made worse by weight gain because fat cells can produce inflammation which causes asthma to flare up. Which methods should you use? There are better exercises than others to help reduce the symptoms of asthma. According to Health.com, walking is the best form to improve asthma control 4. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health have shown that after 12 weeks of 3 day week exercises, adults have improved asthma control and fitness levels without provoking an asthma attack. This same study showed that adults who started into a swimming program have shown an increased lung capacity and decreased asthma related symptoms 5. So which ever method of exercise you chose will help give you relief from your asthma.
Have a hard time making it to the gym and feel more comfortable working from home? No problem, below are some items that will make exercising from home easier.
High Step Platform -
Don’t be constrained to the limits of your room size. Get cardio and strength building all in one unit of these step platforms. This set includes four 2 inch step risers and one 4 inch high step riser to give opportunity for growth. Burn fat, build muscle, and sleep better with this high step platform.
MagneTrainer ER Mini Exercise Bike:
Just as above, this item is perfect for use at your home or work. With its compact size you can store it away easy. This mini bike has a large range of resistance which is great for anyone between beginner and advanced. As many people say, you won’t find an easier or faster way to help boost your fitness level!
“I love the ease of using the mini exercise bike for exercise while I am in my family room. I am able to relax in my chair while doing it to give relief for a knee injury.”
by Mo from Bartlett, IL
Cando Jump Ball:
Exercise shouldn’t be limited to only adults. Kids can have fun while alleviating some of their health problems. These jump balls are ideal for exercise activities all while having fun. These Cando jump balls range in a variety of sizes to fit almost any child. As Cando states, this is a Fun way to provide proprioceptive and vestibular stimulation. Pick up some for your loved ones today!
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of medical fitness equipment to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are combating the health problems above or are looking to better yourself, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your health wellness needs.
True or False. Cold weather makes you sick? If you were like me and said true, then you’re in the same boat as the majority of the population. This misconception has been repeated for so long that we all start to believe it is true. The magnificent thing about science is the ability to challenge and prove theories. So how come more people get sick in the winter than in the summer? It comes down to the simple fact that people are inside together for longer periods of time1. With the days getting shorter and people staying inside for longer periods of time person to person contact increases. The heightened contact of sick people talking, coughing, and sneezing are the top causes of cold and flu transmission 2.
Flus and bacteria’s travel quickly from one person to another and anyone can become sick and experience seriously complications. In fact, cold and flu germs can fly up to six feet through the air. Keep a broom stick distance away from someone who is ill or is showing signs of being ill if you or a loved one has a weakened immune system. Below are some interesting statistics through research by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases3.
- 59% of people who are infected do not know there are prescriptions to treat the flu
- 41% of people who are infected don’t believe their flu is contagious
- Between 5-20% of the U.S. population become sick with the flu each year
- More than 200,000 are hospitalized from seasonal flu- related complications
Some ways to lower your risk of infection are to avoid crowds of people, avoid touching dirty surfaces, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, try to reduce your stress level, and get an annual vaccine4. Additionally the American Medical Association recommends that all people over the age of six months receive an annual vaccine. Here are a few items that can help lower your risk of sickness this flu season.
Having an air purifier in your room will drastically bring down the chances of getting any airborne germs from spreading through your living area. It’s pretty impressive that these devices are able to capture 99.7% of these allergens through multiple stages of filtration. With the constant room circulation, your airborne allergens are minimalized.
Another way to stop the spread of germs is to wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. These wipes clean and disinfects surfaces and medical equipment in just one easy wipe. These are ideal for precision cleaning to your bathroom, door handles, general surfaces, and medical devices.
A very common flu aid is instant hand sanitizing gels. Being sold in a variety of sizes you can place a bottle next to your sink, in your purse, in your car, or at the office. These gels kill 99.9% of all microorganisms in just 15 seconds. These particular gels also moisturizes with no need to rinse and are very convenient for on the spot use.
Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of flu season supplies and medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers. If you are combating the flu or suffering from flu problems rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your cold/flu season product needs.
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