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I remember my mom and dad dumping buckets of water into the big humidifier in our living room each winter in Nebraska. I loved the warm moist mist that steamed from it, making the hot dry air pumped out by the furnace a little easier to breathe. I never really thought about it until I moved out of the house and started missing that “moist air feeling” in my own home. I’ve had a humidifier ever since.
The air in your house in the winter, no matter how temperate the climate, can get very dry. It happens right about when the heater starts clicking on. That’s when the humidifier comes out. Experts say that you should keep the indoor relative humidity (water vapor in the air) at between 35% and 55%. Get a hygrometer to easily test your humidity levels. It works like a thermometer.
Why Do You Need a Humidifier?
* Your Health: Low humidity dries your skin, causes nasal situations and makes your eyes itchy. Humidifiers keep your skin moisturized, help relieve cold and flu symptoms and can relieve asthma symptoms (check with your doc first). The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other medical organizations, recommend the use of humidifiers and vaporizers for treating upper respiratory infections. Proper humidity levels year round will help you avoid colds, bloody noses and sinus problems.
* Lower Utility Costs: You will feel warmer at a lower temperature so you can turn your thermostat down a couple degrees in the winter.
* Your Furniture, Art and Instruments: Dry air can ruin your wood floors, wood furniture, piano, guitar and artwork.
* Your Electronics: Dry air causes static electricity. Sometimes funny, sometimes just a pain, but these ”zaps” can wipe out computers and electronics.
What kind of humidifer do you need? Read Humidifier Types & Tips.
If you have a portable humidifer, are you keeping it clean or Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?
First of all, Do You Need a Humidifier?
Central humidifiers are built into home heating and air conditioning systems and are designed to humidify the whole house.
Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a cool mist with ultrasonic vibration.
Surround Air MiniAire Humidifier - A palm-sized humidifier that’s perfect for your office or car. Weighs less than 1 lb.
SonicAire Humidifier – Ultrasonic cool mist with built-in air purifying ionizer. 2 gallon tank for up to 30 hours of operation without refills.
Impeller humidifiers produce a cool mist with a rotating disk.
Sunbeam Cool Mist Impeller Humidifier – Perfect for small to medium-sized rooms. Produces a refreshing cool mist. Contemporary design.
Evaporative humidifiers use a fan to blow air through a wet wick, filter or belt.
Care-Free Humidifier Plus - 2.5 gallon. PermaWick, mechanical humidistat, NiteGlo night light and 2-speed whisper quiet Hunter fan. Needs no regular maintenance. Clean once a year. Triple antibacterial SafeSystem protects 100% agains bacteria, molds & spores.
Steam vaporizers use electricity to create steam that cools before leaving the machine. Avoid this type of humidifier if you have children; hot water inside this type of humidifier may cause burns if it’s spilled.
Sunbeam Warm Mist Vaporizer Humidifier - Produces a soothing warm mist to combat coughs and colds. Great for small rooms. Up to 14 hours on 1 filling. Sleek and compact. Easy to clean.
- Keep your humidifier clean and maintained or you could get sick. Dirty reservoirs and filters quickly grow bacteria and mold. Read Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?
- Talk to your doctor about using a humidifier if you have asthma or allergies.
- Test the humidity in your home with a hygrometer or “Mold Alert”. A healthy range is between 35% and 55%.
- Rule of thumb: 40°F outside 45% humidity inside; 20°F out, 35% in; 0°F out, 25% in, -10°F out, 20% in.
- Move to another State if it’s 10 below in the winter. Okay, anyway…
- High humidity can be remedied by an air conditioner or dehumidifier.
- Some rooms will be higher in humidity than others. Even if you have a central humidifier unit, you may need to regulate some rooms with separate units.
- You can remove excess humidity in kitchen and baths by running the vent/fan during cooking and bathing, and afterwards for about 20 minutes.
- You may consider a cool mist humidifier for children, so they don’t risk accidental steam burns.
Apparently you can get really, really sick if you don’t keep your portable humidifier clean.
Here are Mayo Clinic’s Tips for portable humidifiers:
Use distilled or demineralized water. Tap water contains minerals that can create deposits inside your humidifier that promote bacterial growth. And, when released into the air, these minerals often appear as white dust on your furniture. You may also breathe in some minerals that are dispersed into the air. In addition, use demineralization cartridges or filters if recommended by the manufacturer.
Clean humidifiers every three days. Unplug the humidifier before you clean it. Remove any mineral deposits or film from the tank or other parts of the humidifier with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution, which is available at pharmacies. Some manufacturers recommend using chlorine bleach or other disinfectants.
Keep the area around humidifiers dry. If the area around a humidifier becomes damp or wet — including windows, carpeting, drapes or tablecloths — turn the humidifier down or reduce how frequently you use it.
Consider replacing your humidifier each season. Over time, your humidifier can build up deposits that are difficult or impossible to remove and encourage growth of bacteria. Even if you plan to toss out your humidifier at the end of the season, it still needs frequent cleaning in the meantime.
To keep humidifiers free of harmful mold, fungi and bacteria, follow the guidelines recommended by the manufacturer.
Buy one from Allegro Medical that needs very little maintenance, like the 3.5 Gallon Care Free Humidifier Plus with 100% protection against bateria, molds and spores.
For more info, see Humidifier Types & Tips.
Guide to Urinary Catheters & Urological Supplies
Urinary catheters are used on patients that cannot urinate on their own for medical conditions such as prostate enlargement and incontinence, after certain surgeries, when the lower part of the body is paralyzed, or if the patient is unable to use a bedpan. Catheters come in various sizes, types and materials, and can be for short or long term (indwelling) use.
With long term catheterization it is important, to avoid urinary tract infections, to keep the catheter clean and bacteria-free. An indwelling catheter should be replaced every three to six weeks with a new catheter. Indwelling catheters require a bag to collect the urine. Leg bags are discreetly strapped to the patient’s leg for daytime use, and are easy to empty. For nighttime use, a bag is usually hung on the patient’s bed and emptied in the morning.
Intermittent catheterization is sometimes necessary after certain gynecological surgeries, or for conditions that require assistance emptying the bladder. Self-catheterization can be taught to most patients, for an as-needed solution to empty the bladder at least four times per day. The area is cleaned, then lubricant may be added to ease insertion. One end of the catheter is placed in a container, and the other is inserted into the urethra until urine flow begins. Once the flow stops the catheter is removed and cleaned for the next time, or simply thrown away. Training is required for self catheterization, so talk to your healthcare professional for assistance.
An external or condom catheter, which fits on the outside of the penis using adhesive, can be used for short-term catheterization in males.
Allegro Medical is the place to go for your urological supplies. We have every type of catheter, plus accessories, all at ultra low prices.
We have everything you need for self catheterization with an intermittent catheter. Choose straight tip, hydrophilic, latex, coude tip, or whatever your preference. Purchase singly or by the case.
For latex allergies, use latex-free catheters. There are many sizes and styles available. Or, choose a hydrophilic catheter which automatically lubricates with water. The Robinson catheter is a straight catheter with two to six holes to facilitate drainage. Comes in stiff vinyl for easier insertion, red latex for increased radiopacity (difficult to penetrate with radiation and x-ray) or plastic. Some have guides built in to make self-catheterization easier. A self-catheterization kit includes everything you need for self-catheterization – a catheter, sterile gloves, drape and swabs.
The Foley catheter, for longer term catheterization, is available in a variety of materials including latex and silicone, with elastomers coating, hydrophilic coating, and silver coating for anti-microbial action. Foley catheters come in coude, (bent tip for easier passage through an enlarged prostate), two way or three way for use after bladder or prostate surgery. They are also sold singly or by the case – a great value from Allegro.
External male catheters reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, and are easy for patients to use. Available in latex or latex free, in several sizes for a perfect fit.
Catheter insertion trays include everything you need to insert a catheter, in one convenient package. Trays come with or without the catheter. Purchase per tray or by the case for best value. Stock up on lubricating jelly in tubes or single use packs. We also have irrigation supplies including syringes, solutions and kits.
Urological Accessories and Miscellaneous Supplies
Allegro has urological accessories for your patients for less. Hold catheters in place comfortably with a velcro closure legband, made of surgical stretch material, so it’s gentle on the skin. Or, choose hypoallergenic tape with hook and loop fasteners or adhesive foam strips to keep tubing secure, for maximum comfort. We also carry straps for leg bags.
Replacement or extension tubing for catheters can make all the difference in comfort for patients and caregivers.
Get all your catheter cleaning supplies from Allegro Medical. Includes the parts cleaning brush, cleaning solutions and odor neutralizers. Also, for catheterization prep, get your antiseptic towelettes and iodine prep pads here, for less.
A drip collector for men who are post prostate surgery is more discreet and comfortable than undergarments, and is perfect for minor incontinence.
Bedside urinals for men and women are convenient for post-surgery and bedridden patients. Available in hard plastic reusable or disposable bottles. For catheterized patients, get bedside drainage bottles and bags with 2000cc capacity from all the top brands at great prices, right here at Allegro.
Leg bags come in all shapes and sizes, and it is a matter of preference as to which one is best for you. Disposable or reusable, Velcro or button closure, plastic or cloth straps – all are available and sold alone or by the case. The Electric Leg Bag Emptier makes it possible for those in wheelchairs to empty their own drainage bags.
Involuntary urination or Urinary Incontinence (UI), is a common medical condition affecting millions of Americans, 85% of whom are women. Pregnant women or women who recently gave birth may experience bouts of UI due to weakened pelvic muscles. It is also common in the elderly, developing from relaxed muscles or menopausal conditions in women, and prostate surgery, spinal cord injuries, certain prescribed medications and even caffeine intake in men.
There are several types of incontinence, including:
1. Stress incontinence, which is leakage of small amounts during exercise, or while coughing or sneezing.
2. Functional incontinence, which is due to physical or mental disabilities such as Alzheimer’s or stroke, that prevents a person from reaching a restroom in time.
3. Urge incontinence, also called ‘overactive’ or ‘spastic’ bladder, causes urine loss during sleep or at the urge to urinate. It is caused by damage to the nervous system or to bladder nerves or muscles and is common for people with Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
4. Overflow incontinence, most common in men, is caused by a bladder that is always full and leaks. A blocked urethra, weak bladder muscles and damaged nerves from certain diseases like Diabetes can cause overflow incontinence.
5. Transient incontinence is temporary UI due to an illness or infection that will pass, like a urinary tract infection.
Many types of incontinence can be treated, with pelvic and kegel exercises, bladder training, medication or surgery. Consult your doctor for education and treatment. And for incontinence medical supplies, come to Allegro. We have everything you need.
Protect beds, chairs, car seats and other surfaces with underpads. They are highly absorbent and will not irritate even the most sensitive skin. They are available in various sizes, in disposable or wash-and-reusable. Tuckable underpads cover the width of a mattress and can be tucked under, to stay in place. The reusable chair pad is velour covered, perfect for chair and wheelchair seat protection.
Help your child to stop wetting his or her bed with the latest in bedwetting alarm devices. Available as an under sheet device or compact to fit inside the pajamas. Just a few drops of urine sounds an alarm to wake the child.
Adult briefs and undergarments for incontinence provide super absorbency. They pull on and off like regular underwear, and some have convenient tear away sides, others have re-fastenable tapes. Sold by the case for extra value. Incontinence pads fit securely onto underwear and provide protection, for light, medium, heavy and super absorbency. A drip collector for men who are post prostate surgery is more discreet and comfortable than undergarments, and is perfect for minor incontinence. Mesh pants provide cool support for pads, keeping them in place while allowing air in.
To soothe sore, irritated skin from incontinence, sween cream is a non-occlusive solution with vitamins A & D.
Keep the room fresh with odor eliminator in long lasting, fresh, clean scents used by healthcare institutions. Disposable washcloths are convenient and sanitary for incontinence issues and will help prevent skin irritation. Specially made for geriatric skin, and will even form a protective barrier on the skin to keep moisture out.
Be economical and create less wasted materials with reusable incontinence products like pull-on briefs for men and women, or washable underpads for the bed. Men’s boxer shorts have support for a pad. In small through x-large sizes.
Arthritis sufferers, MS patients, bedridden or recuperating patients, if you have difficulty moving about doing everyday tasks, why not get some help? Our bathroom assistance products can make life just a little easier for patients and caregivers while helping to maintain privacy and dignity.
Showering and shampooing for immobile patients doesn’t have to be painful or dangerous. Allegro’s list of bathing assistance products can make bathing easier, and safer. Many nurses prefer waterless bathing with cleansing cloths over sponge bathing for bed ridden patients; for increased patient satisfaction and convenience. Get your patient or loved one clean and happy with less discomfort. And, avoid water in the bed altogether with rinse-free shampoo. Cleans and conditions the hair – completely waterless! For patients who prefer water, shampoo basins with comfortable neck rests make a refreshing shampoo a breeze!
Avoid potential danger and discomfort in the shower and have a seat! Shower benches come with suction feet and comfortable seats that are removable for cleaning. Bring the shower head down to you, with a massaging hand held shower head.
Allegro has a great selection of shower sponges, loofahs and scrubbers with long and curved handles for those hard-to-reach places. And they are easy to grip!
Bath Transfer Benches
Get in and out of the tub fearlessly with a transfer bench. The bench extends over the tub wall for entry, and provides a comfortable seat for showering with just a slide over. Many benches need no tools for assembly.
Commodes and Commode Accessories
For bedside care, the right commode can help patients feel more comfortable. Choose from standard chairs, rolling chairs, extra wide and heavy duty commodes. Drop arm commodes make transfers in and out of bed easier. The backrest on some commodes can be removed, creating a toilet safety frame, for ease of movement on and off the toilet. Wall mounted arm supports for the bathroom can give that added bit of support near the toilet. If a whole frame is more than you need, an arm support may be just right. Save money on commode necessities such as pails pail liners, and splashguards at Allegro.
In the Bathroom
Need a lift? Safety grab bars for the tub, shower, toilet and even near a stairwell can provide the support you need for safely living life. Install in minutes on any wall. And for help getting out of bed or standing try a floor to ceiling, sturdy pole you can put anywhere!
Avoid installations but add the security of grab bars with a toilet safety frame. Fits right around the toilet without obstructing, and allows the user to safely raise and lower himself onto the toilet.
For an easier time sitting on and getting up from the toilet, elevate it! Toilet elevators fit right underneath the toilet and raise it just a few inches. Your guests won’t even notice! Or, raised toilet seats can lessen the drop to the toilet seat by as much as five inches. Choose from many different styles and heights.
Toilet transfer seats make it easier without added height for those who have difficulty lowering to and rising from the toilet, or those confined to a wheelchair.
If showering has become difficult due to standing time, or if it simply feels unsafe, a shower chair offers a perfect solution. Select from many types, such as plastic folding shower chairs with sturdy feet. They are inexpensive and can easily be stored right next to the tub. Other shower chairs come with or without arms, backs, padded seats and even built-in commodes.
Cleansing Systems and Bidets
For help cleaning up after going to the bathroom due to hemorrhoids, post surgery, after having a baby, or when wiping becomes a difficult task, a cleansing system or bidet is the perfect solution. Choose a handheld system for portability and versatility. Other systems fit right into the toilet and act as a bidet, using water and water pressure to get the user fresh and clean.
For personalized bowel management Allegro features professional grade suppositories and oral laxatives, enemas and stimulators. And for those with limited movement and range of motion, wipe handles with long reaches help to maintain independence and privacy.
Allegro has hundreds of wound care products at the best prices, for physicians and health-care professionals, or patients at home. Shop Allegro for:
Adhesives, applicators and gauze
Collagen and silicon
Wound cleansers and prep
Bandages and dressings
Allegro has a variety of dressing brands, in all sizes, quantities and types for venous ulcers, diabetic skin and all other types of wounds.
Foam dressings, which provide thermal insulation for a moist healing environment, are non-adhesive and easy to remove.
Hydrocolloid dressings react with wound exudate to form a gel-like covering to protect the wound and maintain a moist environment. Hydrocolloids are occlusive and adhesive wafer dressings which combine colloidal materials with adhesive elastomers to manage light to moderate draining.
Antimicrobial dressings are capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms. Highly absorbent calcium
alginate dressings are placed into the wound as a dry fiber, then quickly absorb exudate and convert to a gel, facilitating moist wound healing. Recommended for wounds with moderate to heavy exudate, alginate dressings can handle up to twenty times their weight in fluid.
Hydrogels have high water content and provide moisture to dry wounds to promote healing. Gel and hydrogel dressings are for infected and non-infected wounds, and for minimally draining wounds.
Allegro is your place for bandages such as cotton-based or nylon stretch for securing dressings, self-adherent wraps and Unna boots for firm, even compression therapy. Or, for support of sprains and strains with no clips or tape, try elastic tubular retainers or bandages in a wide variety of sizes and colors. See our selection of zinc-oxide based bandages for leg ulcers, eczema and dermatitis.
Adhesives, applicators and gauze.
There’s every type of tape you need, right here at Allegro, including gentle yet secure paper, cotton elastic and sports tapes, plus specialty tapes that are waterproof and breathable to hold dressings and gauze in place.
Stock up on sterile, cotton tip 3″ and 6″ applicators in boxes of up to 2000.
For packing and drainage, 100% cotton packing strips can accompany your dressings. Also good for dental packing. Come to Allegro for soft gauze in pads and rolls, and sponges good for all types of wound treatments.
Collagen and silicon
Control the effects of scars with silicone gel sheeting. Used by dermatologists and surgeons worldwide to lessen the look of injury and surgery scars.
Self-adherent silicon dressings minimize the pain of dressing changes by lowering trauma to the wound. Silicon is good for wounds, burns and skin ulcers. Or, collagen dressings provide the strength and structural support of collagen that enables healing to proceed at a rapid rate.
Wound cleansers and prep
Wound cleansers and debriders gently cleanse a wound before dressing application. They contain ingredients that absorb drainage and/or deodorize the wound, and are used to remove dead tissue while keeping healthy tissue intact. Good for painless flushing and removal of bacteria and debris.
Use absorbers (hydrophilic dressings) in gel, paste or powder to decrease the amount of exudate and to bring nutrients to the wound site that help the body heal faster. Safe for diabetic wounds.
When was the last time you checked your first aid kit? Replace that old kit in your home or office with a new kit from Allegro. Our first aid kits contain everything you need to administer minor first aid – bandages, topical cream, antiseptic, gauze, scissors, aspirin, ammonia inhalants, a first aid booklet – even an instant ice pack.
As we age and our joints and muscles aren’t what they used to be, we may need assistance sitting in and getting up from chairs and sofas. Arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and many post-operative conditions can also decrease mobility, creating a need for aid raising from and lowering into chairs. Maintain independence, and get help for yourself or a loved one, with the latest in electric lift chair technology from Allegro.
A Lifting Cushion is an inexpensive solution to mobility issues and loss of upper or lower body strength. These comfortable cushions turn any chair or sofa into a lift chair. Simply use the cushion on a chair, then push a lever for assistance when you wish to rise. The cushion is then ready to assist you later, to sit again. Lift cushions are also completely portable.
Or, raise the height of a chair, table or bed on a temporary or permanent basis with easy risers. They are easy to install, and an economic alternative to a lifting mechanism.
Choose from a wide variety of two-position lift chairs, from the best brands available. Select the perfect chair for your needs, with the right features; such as whisper quiet motor, heated pads, vibration options, narrow lift for tight spaces, reclining or non-reclining lift, lifetime motor warranty, and more, all in a plethora of styles, fabrics and colors. Most have easy one-touch button remotes and battery backups in case of power failure.
Three-position lift chairs offer three recline positions, and take you from fully reclined to standing in seconds. Take your pick of style, color and price range. You can even customize some models with special features, like large compartments in the armrests, padding with adjustable filling for your back, and even foldaway trays. Each chair has a manufacturer’s warranty.
Our extensive list of diagnostic and evaluation products includes tools for home and professional use.
Strength, muscle and range of motion testing
Diagnostic tools and measuring devices
Vital signs equipment
Strength, muscle and range of motion testing
Measure range of motion, posture, physical angles and curvature accurately with a goniometer or inclinometer from Allegro. To test strength, and for rehab evaluation see our manual muscle testers, hand squeeze dynamometers, pinch gauges and other muscle strength electronics from only the highest quality brands.
Diagnostic tools and measuring devices
Test and track your body fat anytime, in the privacy of your own home with a body fat analyzer. Or, track your fitness goals with a pedometer. You will always know your heart rate when exercising, and can track distance, pace and calories burned- better than any personal trainer.
Allegro has dozens of scales for home or office, including mechanical and digital bathroom-style, physicians’ scales, scales for weighing babies, and high capacity and wheelchair scales, all at the best prices anywhere.
Get fast and accurate measurement of edema for arms, legs, feet or hands with a volumeter.
Physicians, assess patients’ hearing and vibratory sensation with a set of tuning forks. Doctors (and Dr. Moms), detect ear infections or eardrum abnormalities with an otoscope.
Test children of all ages for development and proficiency. Our motor proficiency tests use balance, coordination, strength, motor control, and more in fun, challenging, game-like tasks. Tests gross and fine motor development. Or, test dexterity, cognition, perception and manipulative ability for developing or injured patients with our assessment tests.
Assess functional performance of psychiatric, brain-injured, geriatric, or developmentally disabled patients with the BaFPE (Bay Area Functional Performance Evaluation) test.
Allegro has reference books for physicians, such as a Stedman’s Concise Medical Dictionary, Quick Reference to Occupational Therapy and more.
We have a wide array of timers and stopwatches for the countertop or the wrist. Time anything, anywhere, anytime…on time!
Allegro has eye charts for vision testing from a variety of distances, and for all ages and levels of patients. Test your eyesight and track your vision at home, anytime.
Looking for medical models? Life-size anatomical columns of the skeleton, including foot, leg, spine and shoulder are perfect for your office. Use our anatomical charts for teaching and informing patients or students the human muscular system, knee and more. Color charts show skeletal, ligament and muscle anatomy with anterior and posterior views.
Vital signs equipment
Allegro has everything you need to check vital signs. Check temperature in the ear, quickly and accurately, or the old-fashioned way, orally with our selection of thermometers and thermometer supplies. Medical pros, find your new stethoscope here, at a great price. While you’re at it, you may as well stock up on tongue depressors and pen lights for the office.
Watching your blood pressure? We have blood pressure monitors perfect for home or professional use, including fully automatic monitors with digital readout and memory of the previous reading, and manual or automatic inflate.
Check pulse during exercise or anytime with an oximeter. Heart rate is read with finger pulse or chest strap with wrist monitor for fitness testing. With the latest in oximeter technology you can record up to ten hours of information for later analysis, or download the information directly to your computer!
If you are watching or lowering your cholesterol, check it on a regular basis at home, quickly and easily with a cholesterol home test kit. It is even FDA approved!
We have many products for men suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence. Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve and/or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. It can also include erections becoming weaker or less rigid on a regular basis. ED is common with those suffering from hypertension, diabetes, prostate cancer and other health problems.
Non-invasive Erection Aids, such as vacuum devices powered by a pump or battery, can assist with ED and premature ejaculation issues.
Regular use of a Vacuum Device may help open and clear penile arteries and possibly restore them to their natural elasticity, allowing more blood flow to the penis. This results in more rigid erections.
Vacuum devices are completely external. The vacuum action increases the blood flow to the penis resulting in a rigid erection. A soft comfortable ring is then placed at the base of the penis to hold the erection longer. Our erection aids include instruction manuals and even 800 number assistance lines to ensure proper use of the products. These systems have proven effective in 9 out of 10 impotent men, with no surgery, no side effects, and are often covered by Medicare and insurance companies.
Take a look, and see how erection aids can improve your sex life, and help bring intimacy back to your relationship.
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