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AllergiesThinking 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

Geri-Dryl Allergy Liquid 16 oz - Compares to Benadryl Allergy Liquid 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.

Shop all OTC Cold & Allergy Remedies

Nasal Strips Nasal Strips – Open up those nasal passages so you can breath! Sleep better and perhaps even quiet those snores. 

Multi-Tech XJ-3000C HEPA & Ionic Air Purifier 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!

Shop all Air Filters/Ionizers

Asthma? Check out our Breathing Therapy Products

SonicAire Cool Mist Humidifier and Air Purifier 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.

Read Do You Need a Humidifier?

Shop all Humidifiers and Vaporizers

Read Humidifier Types and Tips

Allergy Control Bed Pillow - Standard Size Allergy Control Pillows – Hedge your bet against allergies with a hypoallergenic bed pillow.

Shop all Allergy Bed Products

The Snore Wizard 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.   

Shop by Condition: Allergies, Nasal

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.

Looking for a quick fix for your headache?  Get in line.  It is no wonder headache cures and remedies are so sought after.  Headaches are rampant – some worse than others, caused by hundreds of reasons from bad posture to pollution to vitamin deficiencies. 

The good news is, headaches can usually be eliminated without drugs.

Instead of popping a pill when you get a headache, your best bet for getting rid of them for good is to determine the cause. As in life, if you fix the source of your problems then all your headaches go away, right?  :)

Headache Causes and Remedies

Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

Super Calcium Magnesium – 250 tablets – Check with your doctor or dentist, but often times Calcium and Magnesium tablets, taken at bedtime, can eliminate your jaw clenching and headaches.   Have your calcium/magnesium levels checked however, because high calcium could actually be the cause of your migraine or cluster headaches.  If you need just Magnesium to stem your headaches, try Magnesium Oxide tablets.  If you have muscle cramps (night time leg cramps), menstrual cramps, fatigue, constipation, heart palpitations, insomnia and/or anxiety, you may have a magnesium deficiency.  Regulate the dosage if the magnesium causes diarrhea.

See all Vitamins

 

Tension Headaches

AcuBead Headache Beads – Acupressure Strips – Easily applied at home.

 

The Original Backnobber II- If you can’t remove your source of tension, at least give yourself a deep muscle massage with the Backnobber II.  Find your pressure points to relieve muscle tension and get the blood flowing again.  Bye-bye headache.

See all Pressure Positive Massagers

See more Tension Headache Relief Products

 

Skeletal Misalignment

 

Neckpro Cervical Traction Device- One of our most popular products, the Neckpro home cervical traction device is used to relieve, among other things, tension headaches associated with back, shoulder and neck pain, fibromyalgia and whiplash.

See more Home Traction Sets

 

Stress and Anxiety

Spa-N-A-Box Portable Spa - Nothing relieves a stress induced headache faster than a nice soak in the spa – in your own house!  This portable home spa with air-jets soothes and relaxes at a fraction of the cost of traditional hot tubs.  Super popular.

See all Stress Reduction Products

 

Bad Sleeping Habits

D-Core Pillow – Restores the natural curvature of your neck and upper spine.  The wrong pillow, or too many pillows, will put your neck in a bind and throw your alignment off.  That can cause a major headache.  Headaches are also caused by not getting a good night’s sleep due to sleep apnea and snoring.

See all Pillows

See all Snoring Products

 

Sinus Problems

Eye Pillow with ergoBeads – Conforms to your face and eyes, blocks the light and provides cool relief (when frozen) without the shock of ice or gel packs.  Sinus headaches melt away with this eye pillow.  Great for travel.

See all Sinus Headache Products

 

Menstrual Problems

Thermophore Automatic Moist Heat Pack – Stop the cramps and the headache follows suit.  Moist heat almost always helps.

See all Menstrual Pain Products

 

When I can’t pinpoint the exact cause of my headache I usually determine that I’m dehydrated.  Dehydration headaches are very common and a few glasses of water can often cure a nagging headache.  Try it!

When worse comes to worse, I pop a couple Headache Relief Tablets or other Over the Counter Pain Relievers, although for me this is a last resort. 

Shop our Headache Products “Shop by Condition” category for even more headache cures and pain management products.

A word about Migraines.  Migraine headaches may have different causes (usually chemical) than run-of-the-mill ones and we recommend you see a doctor if you believe you are experiencing migraines.  Symptoms are intense throbbing pain, usually on  one side of the head, sensitivity to light and nausea.   See our Shop By Condition page for Migraine Headache Products.

Here’s to a clear and pain free head!  Have a healthy day and as always, thanks for your business.

May is National “Better Sleep Month”.  We think that’s brilliant because we have some really, really great products to help you sleep better – and they’re all natural.  At least you won’t have to worry about driving the car or raiding the fridge while under the influence of sleeping pills! 

Whether you have general insomnia, hot flashes, a snoring problem or a medical condition that’s keeping you awake, Allegro has something for you.  We even have products to help babies sleep better… so mommies and daddies can get a better night’s rest too.

Better Sleep Products

  The Snore Wizard – Without a doubt one of the most popular products at AllegroMedical.com.   Warning: It competely stops the snoring for some people and doesn’t work for others.  If a snorer is making you crazy, it’s probably worth the $60 bucks to find out, considering the high cost of surgery or worse yet, divorce… :)

 

 Baby Sleeps Safe - And mom will too, with this special two-piece infant sleep system developed by childcare experts. 

 

 Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock w/Bed Shaker – Are you a clock watcher, afraid you won’t hear the alarm?  Fear not, my sleepy friend, the Sonic Bomb will make SURE you’re awake with noise, flashing lights and bed shakers.  You can control all three, if it’s too much.  GREAT for heavy sleepers, college students and teenagers.

 

 Foam Eggcrate Mattress Overlay – another super popular AllegroMedical.com product.  This cushy overlay will save you $100’s off a pillow top mattress and will improve your circulation, reduce pressure sores and provide a cool, dry comfortable night’s sleep.  Great for sofa sleepers too!  Read Bed Check for Better Sleep for more better bed ideas.

 

 Eye Pillow with ergoBeads – like I always say, everything is better with cream cheese, bacon and…ergoBeads!

 

 Mother’s Choice Sleep Positioner – Awwww.  Don’t you just want to tickle those little feet?  This positioner will hold your baby comforably on their side or back in the crib, as recommended by the American Board of Pediatrics.

 

 Sunrise Alarm Clock -  This is just such a sweet product.  Imagine waking up to a slowly illuminated room, a simulated sunrise, instead being jarred awake by a screaming alarm.

 

 Double DreamSack - Perfect for couples who travel. This full silk pouch protects you from germs, harsh detergents and the general ick of hotel bedding. 

 

 Silk Travel Pillow Cases – Well, won’t you just be the smartest one on the plane when you slip one of these beautiful silk pillow cases onto your airline pillow!   Also get the Silk Pocket Pillowcase (fits standard pillows) to take with you on a cruise, visiting relatives, hotels or camping.  Makes a great Mother’s Day gift!

 

 Chillow Pillow Cooling Sensation Memory Foam Pillow – You have to try this if you sleep a little hot.  Seriously.  I have two of them.  They really work.  Takes a few days to get started, but after that… amazing!

See All Chillow Cooling Products

 

 Rest Mate Bed Wedges – Box of 2 – Supports your upper body, prevents you from shifting and provides total comfort while you’re on your back or side. 

 

 Hugg-A-Pillow Bed Pillow – Cuddle up with this unique pillow designed to support your head, neck, shoulders and upper chest.  Available in standard or allergy free. 

 

 Stress-Ease Support Pillow – Ease the stress on your back and neck with this total cervical support pillow. And sleep like a baby, too.  Or, how about a pillow for butterflies?  Not really, check this out – Softeze Butterfly Pillow.

 

 Dreamsie Sleeper & Sleep Cap – Mde from 100% certified organic cotton knit, your little one will be safe and sound in this loose bedding alternative.  The full length zipper makes nightime diaper changes a snap.  Fits infants up to 6 months.

 

 Sweet Relief Duo – Personal Soothing & Cooling Set – Designed by women for women, these two pillows will cover your hot spots while you’re trying to sleep.  Grab a nightfull of zzzzz’s, while this fluid filled duo whisks heat away from your body and head.   Another great Mother’s Day gift!

See all these and more in Allegro’s Shop by Condition: Insomnia area.  Wishing you restful nights and sweet dreams forever. 

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Psssst… as always, thanks for being an AllegroMedical.com customer.  We appreciate your business.  Don’t forget about us when you need medical supplies!

Your pillow is just as important as your mattress when chasing that perfect night’s sleep.  If you have headaches, neck pains, shoulder pains, numbness, sneezing, snoring or wheezing when you wake up, your pillow may not be causing the problem, but it is likely contributing.   

It may be time for a new pillow for several reasons.  Here’s a really good one . . . it is probably crawling with fungi and buggies.  Yes, it’s true.  The journal “Allergy”, published in 2006, says that pillows as young as 18 months old contained up to 47 different kinds of fungi!  The researchers found about four to 16 fungi species per pillow, with synthetic pillows having more.  In that case, if you have allergies or asthma, your pillow is probably not helping matters.   Besides, it’s gross.  Consider tossing your old pillows and replacing them with a new fungus free or anti-microbial pillows.  While you’re at it, you might as well choose your pillows according to the most important criteria:  how you sleep.

At AllegroMedical.com we display about 70 bed pillows in our Pillows category.  To save you the trouble, I’ve separated them according to sleep type and specialty pillows.  I’m searching for the perfect pillow myself, so I’m hoping this endeavor will bear fruit for us all.  

 The perfect pillow will keep your head aligned right on top of your shoulders when lying down – not too far to either side, or up and down.  Therefore, the thickness of your pillow is important, depending on how you sleep.  Think you need the biggest, longest, fluffiest, most expensive pillow every made?  Au contraire.   In fact, pillows that are too dense, fluffy or wide merely create tension in your neck and shoulders.

Pillows by Sleep Type

Side Sleeper Pillows are lofty and thick so they keep your head staight by filling in the space between your head and shoulders.   Our most popular pillow, the Better Sleep Pillow was originally designed for side sleepers, but it also works great for back sleepers and stomach sleepers because of it’s mult-positional, multi-functional contoured design.   This is also true of our Sleepmatterzzz Dual-Valve Cervical Pillow, a super popular pillow with 5 star reviews.  See all Sleepmatterzzz pillows.

 

Back Sleeper pillows are designed so that when you are lying on your back your head stays neutral – perfectly aligned with your spine, sitting squarely on your shoulders.   We have several pillows that support both side and back sleepers by automatically adjusting as your sleeping position changes.  If you alternate between your back and your side (or your side and your stomach) be sure to get one that works in multiple positions.  

 

Stomach sleepers are just weird.  Okay, that’s what I tell my stomach sleeper boyfriend Todd anyway.  Seriously, though, experts say it is not the best way to sleep because if your bed is soft and you use a pillow, then you are not keeping your head neutral.  But if you must sleep on your stomach then please use a specially designed pillow, a very thin pillow or no pillow at all.  The Sleepmatterzzz Dual-Valve Cervical Pillow would be perfect for sleepers who switch from their side to their stomach. 

Specialty Pillows

Allergy-Free Pillows and Covers are a must for allergy sufferers.  We even have an Anti-Allergen Mattress Cover

 

Anti-Snore Pillows:  The Snore-No-More Anti Snoring Pillow is our most popular,  but from reading the reviews, it either works or it doesn’t work at all.  It was featured in Woman’s World Magazine as the “best snoring pillow” though, and it seems to help a lot of people.   See our Snoring Section for all of our anti-snoring products.

 

Bed Wedges and Body Positioners are ideal for helping your body maintain a comfortable body position while you sleep.  They are often used for post-surgery bedrest , footrest or blank support as well.  The leg/knee wedges and back wedges are especially popular.  You can put them between your knees for side sleeping, or under your knees, or behind your back.

 

Body Pillows are especially good for side sleepers and pregnant women who like to keep their spines aligned, and circulation going by sleeping with a pillow between their knees.

 

Cervical Pillows come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all designed to support the neck.   Cervial pillows help relieve pain associated with muscle tension, stress and strain by promoting proper alignment and support.   

 

Cooling Pillows/Covers are heaven for hot summer nights and hot flashes.   I have two Chillow Pillows that I use all Arizona summer long.  They are super popular and I highly recommend them.   

 

Water Pillows allow you to personalize your pillow by filling a water pouch inside the pillow for soft, medium or firm support.

You can’t tell what’s going to work until you sleep on it so try to get the one that fits the best with your sleep style.  In my case, I’ve kissed a lot of toads, but I will continue to seek out the perfect pillow.  Even punching and feeling it in a retail store doesn’t make much of a difference. 

See our new category, Beds,  and also read how to retrofit the rest of your bed in my blog Bed Check for Better Sleep.

At least we have a lot of products to choose from, right?  Happy shopping!

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Sleep Awareness Week is observed and recognized as one of the national health observances during the month of March. Sleep Awareness Week is March 3rd through March 9th. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the majority of adults require 7.5 to 8.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep but the percentage that actually reach that amount of rest every night falls very short of what it needs to be. Sleep is an important part of our lives in terms of productivity during waking hours, awareness in everyday activities, and more importantly, health.

Are You a Victim of Sleepless Nights?

If you are having trouble catching up on those much needed sheep counting hours after the sun goes down then the Better Sleep Pillow is your solution. This sleep apnea pillow accommodates all kinds of sleepers from those who sleep on their back, stomach, and anywhere in between. The better sleep pillow also improves circulation so you can make sure you’re not starting your day off with stiffness out of bed.

Okay, What About Snoring Problems

The CPAP Multi Mask Sleep Pillow is an extremely effective form of snoring treatment. The Sleep Pillow Mask prevents the airway from closing during sleep. If you don’t prefer a mask, try the Snore Wizard formerly known as the Noiselezz. The Snore Wizard is a Snoring Mouthpiece designed to treat both snoring and sleep apnea. The improved airflow in the back of the throat with the Snore Wizard Snoring Mouthpiece eliminates snoring. I’m actually thinking about getting one for my good friend. He brings the thunder when he’s in a deep sleep. His snoring resembles a Semi-truck down-shifting on the highway.

To read more about these and other remedies to snoring and sleep apnea, visit our Sleep Apnea Blog.

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