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If you are caring for someone with incontinence issues, we understand how difficult it can be to know which adult incontinence products to choose for each situation. This buyers guide, provided by our friends at TENA, can be used by caregivers to understand each type of adult incontinence product and how they work best.
Caregivers Guide to Incontinence Products
Description: Protective underwear are full fitted briefs that pull on and take the place of regular undergarments.
- People unable to manage their own incontinence
- People who are ambulatory or able to bear weight
- Bowel and bladder incontinence
Not so good for: Changing in bed
Description: Pads are designed to fit inside regular underwear to absorb accidental leakage. May have adhesive strip to adhere to undergarment.
Best for: Added absorbency inside regular undergarments or inside pull up briefs. This limits embarrassment when accidents occur.
Not so good for:
- Complete bladder incontinence
- Bowel incontinence
Description: Sized between a pad insert and a full brief, these are designed to replace regular undergarments. An elastic band with buttons or other type of attachment device connects to button holes in the brief.
- Occasional accidents
- Changing in bed
- Frequent changes without having to remove all clothing
Not so good for:
- Bowel incontinence
- Quick changes
Description: Looks much like a diaper, also known as Adult Briefs. Tape tabs adhere on each side to secure the garment around the individual.
- Use instead of regular undergarments
- Bowel incontinence
- Changing in bed
Not so good for: Changing when standing
Overnight Pads and Adult Nigthtime Diapers:
Description: These may be in the form of fitted brief or taped brief, but have added absorbency to reduce changes and leakage through the night. Most are also designed to wick moisture away from the skin to prevent skin breakdown.
- Overnight use when getting up or changing is not possible
- Use instead of regular undergarments for someone difficult to change or transfer
- For someone who is bedridden
Not so good for: Someone who may get frustrated and pull the garment off and/or apart. (There may be little absorbency balls in the garment that spread if the cloth is ripped.)
Reusable Chair and Bed Pads: Washable pads with a water repellent fabric on one side and absorption layers on the other side.
- Placing on seats and furniture to protect against leakage
- Placing underneath a person in bed to protect mattress against leakage.
- Use as a draw sheet to move someone in bed
Not so good for:
- Use when leakage occurs frequently unless extras are readily available
- Use when laundry is not able to be done frequently
Disposable Chair and Bed Underpads: Often referred to as Chux pads – these are designed with a plastic backing on one side and absorbency layers on the other side.
- Placing on car seats and furniture to protect against leakage
- Placing underneath a person in bed to protect mattress against leaking
Not so good for:
- The environment
- Using as a draw sheet to move someone in bed
I hope this guide helps you avoid the overwhelming feeling of choosing the perfect incontinence product. Please let us know if you would like us to carry a product that you don’t see.
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It’s nearly time to get your toes out! Anytime is a good time for proper foot care, but nothing screams HEALTHY louder than a pair of well-groomed feet sporting summer sandals.
Pretty feet may be born, but they go south quickly without attention. And even if you’re not the sandal type, you’ll feel better year-round if your feet are clean, smooth and pain-free.
Routine pedicures are key. A small investment in at-home pedicure products saves money and allows personal pampering on your schedule. And don’t forget between-pedi care. A nightly slathering of foot cream is both refreshing and therapeutic. Get started on your path to beautiful feet today! Gentlemen, this means you too.
First, get comfy in a 100% Bamboo Robe and lay out your Terry or Waffle Weave Slippers.
At-Home Pedicure Products
Conair Massaging Foot Jet Spa
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Dual Action Foot File - Prefer to file while you shower? Try the
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Deep Healing Foot Cream
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Urinary catheter users, we know how important it is that you find a catheter that suits you perfectly. That’s why we carry every major brand and type of catheter, plus the latest in urological supplies.
Allegro customers use words like fast, freedom, safe, lightweight, sterile, critical to preventing recurrent UTI’s, disposable, visible, smooth and durable to describe our #1 selling intermittent catheter for self-catheterization.
With reviews like that, it’s no wonder it’s so popular!
Top 10 Catheters
Mentor Self-Cath Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter - Read Reviews
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Coloplast Self-Cath Female Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter - Read Reviews
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Coloplast Self-Cath Soft Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter - Read Reviews
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WideBand Male External Catheters - Read Reviews
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Mentor Self-Cath Straight Tip Intermittent Catheter – Female - Read Reviews
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UltraFlex Self-Adhering Male External Catheter - Read Reviews
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DOVER Rob-Nel Intermittent Catheter – 100% Latex-Free - Read Reviews
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BARDIA Silicone-Coated Latex 2-Way Foley Catheter with 5cc Balloon - Read Reviews
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Freedom Clear LS External Catheter - Read Reviews
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Hydrophilic Personal Intermittent Catheter - Read Reviews
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Proper nutrition isn’t always easy to maintain, even if you are eatin’ your greens. But it is more important than you might imagine when it comes to feeling energized and focused.
Kids and adults alike – especially those with dietary restrictions, illness, disease, high stress or activity levels or just plain busy lives - often need to supplement or completely rely on nutritional drinks to fulfill their daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, protein and calories.
Allegro has long been a source of the most popular dietary supplements for adult and child nutrition. Can we help you or your loved ones and patients maintain healthy nutrition?
Boost Plus Nutritional Energy Drink
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MET-Rx ProteinPlus Protein Bars – Chocolate Fudge
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Carnation Instant Breakfast – Lactose Free Plus
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Pregestimil Lipil Powdered Infant Formula
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UtraMet Original – Low Carb Meal Replacement
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Designer Whey Protein Supplement
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Mass Cycle – Extreme Bulking Agent
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Only One – Probiotic Multivitamin Tabs
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Designer Whey – The Biggest Loser Protein Powder
Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner
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Scandishake 600 Calorie Weight Gainer
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Simply Thick Honey Beverage Thickener
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Measuring your progress is the best way to stay on track whether you’re reducing body fat, tracking your cholesterol, testing your eyesight or monitoring your heart rate. AllegroMedical.com has a fantastic selection of the latest diagnostic products for home or professional use.
Have you ever wanted to know how many steps you take during the day? Clip a pedometer to your belt loop and find out! It’s a great motivator, especially if you get one that tells you how many calories you burned. Following a low-carb regimen? Keep your fat metabolism in check with ketone test strips.
Shop all Home Test Kits including drug tests, blood alcohol tests and cholesterol checks. Diabetics, find all of your Glucose Meters and Test Strips in our Diabetic Supplies category.
Some of the neatest gadgets on the market are the body fat analyzers and body composition scales. You just hold them, or stand on them and they send a harmless beam through you to see how much fat you have in there. Some of them even calculate your water and muscle percentages too.
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In addition to the wide selection of blood pressure monitors and thermometers to track your health, we also have some cool techno ways to monitor your heart rate during exercise… I wear one to make sure I’m staying within a good heart rate zone while I’m hiking or doing cardio.
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Professionals, check out our great deals on diagnostic tools such as:
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We’re here to support you! After all, support for your body parts can be just as important as any other type, especially when you are in pain.
Allegro is well-known for its great prices and wide selection of pain reducing orthotic splints, braces, slings and supports. We’ve helped support thousands of customers suffering from sprains, sports injuries, post-surgery, fibromyalgia, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, golf elbow, knee pain, back pain – you name it.
Foot and Ankle Supports
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Back and Abdominal Supports
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Hand and Wrist Supports
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Thinking about moving to Arizona to avoid nasal allergies? Think again, my friend. Allergens are everywhere. Pollen, dust, animal dander, mold – all seemingly harmless until your body mistakes them for something sinister, like bacteria or a virus. Next thing you know, bam! You’re a red-eyed sneeze monster.
Many people have seasonal allergic reactions to airborne pollens, grass and weeds. If you’re really unlucky, you’re stuck managing year-round with indoor allergens like animal dander, dust mites and mold.
You don’t have to suffer! Most people with typical allergies manage with Over-the-Counter (OTC) medicine. There are plenty of affordable generic allergy products, with the same active ingredients as the name brands. They can reduce or eliminate the allergic response and help you get through the seasons with minimal discomfort.
Most Popular Allergy Relief Products
Allergy Medications - Nip allergies in the bud with these allergy relief tabs and liquids, name brand or super value generic brands – your choice. For alcohol-free, sugar-free allergy congestion relief, try Expectorant Liquid Diabetic Tussin.
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Nasal Strips - Open up those nasal passages so you can breath! Sleep better and perhaps even quiet those snores.
Air Purifiers - Indoor allergy sufferers rejoice! HEPA and Ionic Air Purifiers remove bacteria, mold, dust mites and other allergens from the air. Some remove nearly 100% of all toxins. Eureka!
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Asthma? Check out our Breathing Therapy Products
Humidifiers - Humidifiers are great in certain climates, for every day use. They come in sizes small enough for your office, bedroom or entire house! Some cool, some warm. All great! Some of them have built-in ionizers that clean the air as well.
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Allergy Control Pillows - Hedge your bet against allergies with a hypoallergenic bed pillow.
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Snoring Treatments - Anti-snore devices can be an easy solution to endless nights of disruptive sleep, but not every product works for every person. We see that by the individual reviews. They either work or they don’t depending on how you sleep, your size, the size of your mouth, teeth… it goes on. The alternatives to these low cost devices, however, can be even more daunting than trying them out.
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More Allergy Blog Posts:
Yo Sneezy! Stop Tromping through the Forest
Allergy Relief Begins at Home
Here’s to a sneeze-free allergy season! Thanks, as always, for doing business with Allegro Medical. We appreciate you.
Aids to Daily Living (ADLs) or Daily Living Aids are assistive products and gadgets that promote a more independent lifestyle for those with physical limitations.
Many ADLs are adaptive in nature, allowing the user to do something they might not have been able to otherwise, such as stand up from a chair, work the TV remote, cook a meal, open a jar, drive a car, hear the doorbell or button a shirt. Some Daily Living Aids are created simply to make your life easier.
I like to tell folks that if they have lost some independence or are no longer able to manage tasks that they used to – short term or long, there is probably a Daily Living Aid to help!
Allegro has a massive selection of Daily Living Aids to help assist Around the House, Around the Office, in Communication, Vision Aids, Hearing Assists, Dressing Aids, Eating Aids, Medication Aids, Lifting Aids and much more. Below is a list of our most popular Aids to Daily Living. Can they help restore your independence?
Most Popular Daily Living Aids
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AZ-1 Portable Automotive Hand Control System
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Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System
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UpEasy Lifting Cushion – UpLift Seat Assist
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Security Pole and Curved Grab Bar
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Big Lamp Switch
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Aluminum Reacher with Magnetic Tip
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Deluxe Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid
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Deluxe Height Adjustable Overbed Table Non-Tilt
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Combination Button Aid/Zipper Pull
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We hope that these Daily Living Aids will help you live a more independent and fulfilling life! Thanks, as always, for your support. We appreciate your business.
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Medical glove users love Allegro. We have a huge selection of powdered, colored, non-sterile, textured, opaque, sterile, powder-free and clear exam gloves in Vinyl, Latex or Nitrile . . . all at amazing prices. If you work in the medical field, you probably go through a box of exam gloves or surgical gloves faster than a tamale through a tourist. Not a problem. We can deliver gloves by the 100′s or even the 1,000′s – right to your doorstep.
So, caregivers, health care workers, moms, manicurists, painters and gardeners rejoice! Catheter users, food handlers, factory workers, mechanics, hair stylists and pet owners look no further. Hands down, Allegro is the best place to buy your disposable exam gloves.
If you purchase medical gloves at regular intervals, set up an auto re-order and get $1.99 shipping for life.
Not sure which medical gloves to buy? Read Medical Gloves – Types and Uses
Top 10 Exam Gloves
Powder Free Vinyl Exam Gloves
Invacare Powder-Free Vinyl Exam Gloves
Latex Powder-Free Exam Gloves
Invacare Nitrile Powder-Free Exam Gloves
Latex Powder-Free Exam Gloves
Safeskin Nonsterile Purple Nitrile Exam Gloves – Textured, Powderfree
Latex Powdered Exam Gloves
Vinyl, PowderFree Exam Gloves – NonSterile, Latex-Free
Polymed Sterile Latex Powder-Free Examination Gloves
Nitrile Exam Gloves – NonSterile, PowderFree, Textured, Blue
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Almost everyone experiences back pain at some time in their lives. For me, and I suspect for most, back pain is surprisingly debilitating and ridiculously persistent. The good news is there are products to help manage back pain or even eliminate it all together.
If your low back pain doesn’t go away after a few days, or you’ve been injured, feel leg tingles, numbness or weakness, call your doctor or chiropractor. But for routine, mild back pain, you can usually reduce the pain on your own.
The first thing to do when you’ve injured your back is to ICE IT! Chilling the area reduces inflammation. Heat does the opposite, and is usually recommended for sore joints, arthritis and chronic pain. Remember, use an ice pack for only 20 minutes per hour – for 24 to 48 hours.
Managing back pain at home and preventing future back problems involves some thought and a little work but it is well worth it. Here are Allegro Medical’s top selling, most popular back relief products.
Best Selling Back Pain Products
Coccyx Cushion – A super popular back pain reliever, the coccyx cushion helps relieve back pain by reducing the pressure on your spine and eliminating painful pressure on your tailbone. It is made of high density memory foam and is slanted so it tilts the pelvis forward to restore the natural lumbar curve. Use it in your car, office, home… anywhere you sit!
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Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack - Heat is often recommended for back pain, joint pain, arthritis or back muscle spasms (remember, cold therapy is usually prescribed first, if area is inflamed), the Thermophore Moist Heat Pack is the optimal choice for natural heat treatments. It delivers very intense, moist heat, but it needs no water because it produces its own moisture from the air. Cool, huh.
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Cervical and Lumbar Traction Devices - Choose from basic to premium home traction systems to enable easy traction without assistance. A cost effective way to continue clinical traction treatments! Consult your physician or chiropractor before use.
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Better Sleep Pillow - Besides eliminating pain from frozen shoulder or rotator cuff injuries and reducing or eliminating snoring, the Better Sleep Side Sleeper also supports your body for proper spinal alignment. It is made of hypoallergenic memory foam. (If you like ’em firm, this could be your dream pillow). Remember, all memory foam smells funny for the first few days out of the box, but the smell goes away.
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Back Supports and Binders- Get fast pain relief and back support where the pain is located. The right binder or support stabilizes and relieves strain on your pelvis and iliosacral joints, reducing back pain.
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Biofreeze Topical Analgesic- Get fast back pain relief with Biofreeze. Roll it, spread it or spray it on for fast acting, penetrating, long lasting pain relief. Contains ILEX, an herbal extract from South America used around the world in various health and wellness formulations.
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Portable Spas and Hot Tubs - Soothe your aching back in the comfort of your own portable heated hot tub! Easy to use and transportable – just snap together, fill and enjoy. Seats 4 adults.
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Massage Chairs – Heated, Swedish, Quad-Roller or Shiatsu, your wish is their command with these portable massaging seat cushions. Your back will love you.
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Back2Life Continuous Motion Massager- Align your spine, relieve pressure and improve mobility with this revolutionary back massager. Back2Life uses Continuous Passive Motion to gently and comfortably lift your tailbone and flex the spine. Just lie back and relax!
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Balance – Core Products – Once you are free of back pain, improve your core strength, maintain power and practice balance with these core products – and you may never have a back problem again.
Here’s to a life free of back pain! We hope these products help. Thanks, as always for being an Allegro customer. We value your business.
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