In addition to the Classic Vogmasks, there are now CV N99 masks. Originally, each Vogmask offered roughly N95 filtration (95% filtration of particles), but the drawback was the "roughly" part. Since then, the design of the mask has been improved, so much so that this latest version of the Vogmask has been tested to offer N99 filtration (99% filtration of particles). This is as close to a HEPA mask as you can get, without actually having a HEPA mask. In addition to the N99 filtration, the new CV Vogmasks have 4-ply filtration, with one of those being a thin layer of active carbon. So in addition to better particle filtration, the N99 CV can also tackle nuisance levels odors, fragrance and smoke. To make breathing easier each also comes with an exhale valve built into the right side. This keeps exhaled air, moisture and warmth moving out of the mask and away from your face.
Similar to the Classic Vogmask, you will also find a new Microfiber version. Nearly identical to the Classic in every way, the significant difference is that the new Microfiber, like the CV, offers N99 filtration. Lastly, there is the Organic Cotton Vogmask. With tightly woven, certified organic cotton, this mask offers the lowest level of particle filtration but is well suited for someone looking for a more natural face mask without plastics or other materials that can cause reactions for those with MCS.
Each mask is hand washable, lightweight, reusable and latex-free. Unlike other allergy masks, the range of styles and patterns gives you the ability to choose the mask that not only meets your filtration needs but provides the style and look you want. So if Spring allergy season is getting you down, an effective Vogmask might be just what you need!
To compare Vogmask features.
Author: K. Gilmore
To read past Ask an Allergist questions and answers.
Oh, and just a reminder, there is only ONE week left of our Annual White Sale! Take advantage while you can on discounted allergy bedding, organic cotton bedding and other healthy bedding products.
Author: K. Gilmore
First, I want to start with the bedding. Our Allergy Armor dust mite covers are now almost entirely made here in the U.S. In fact, most of these covers are cut, sewn, and packed right here at our Atlanta location. In addition to covers, things like blankets, pillows, and comforters are also made right here. These include,
- Allergy Armor Ultra, Advanced, Organic and Basic Dust Mite Covers
- Allergy Armor Organic Cotton Blankets
- Allergy Armor Comforters
- Allergy Armor Pillows
- Allergy Armor Microfleece Blankets
Aside from the products we make ourselves, many of our vendors manufacture right here in the United States, and a few products are made by local companies for our brand.
- Austin Air Purifiers
- NQ Air Purifiers
- AprilAire Dehumidifiers
- Hartell Condensate Pumps
- Vanicream and Free & Clear Personal Care Products
- Royal Pedic Mattresses, Mattress Pads and Foundations/Box Springs
- Moonlight Slumber Bedding
- I Can Breathe Masks
- 3M Masks and Respirators
- Permatron Original and Contractors Choice Filters
- SafeHome HVAC Filters
- AllergyZone HVAC Filters
- Safe Guard Window Filters
- All Ecology Works and Allersearch Cleaning Products
- All Gonzo, AllerPet, DeMite, and Pet Wipes Products
- EcoDiscoveries Cleaners(made in Atlanta)
- Allergy Armor Sure Coat (made locally for us)
- Allergy Armor All Purpose Cleaner (made locally for us)
- Food Allergy Cards (made locally for us)
As you can see, a wide variety of the products you'll find on our site and in our catalog are sourced right here in the United States. This is important to us for a few reasons. First, it helps to keep American manufacturing alive. American manufacturing was the backbone of a growing middle class during the middle of the 20th century. However, as manufacturing traditionally follows cheap labor markets, we've seen a steady outflow of these jobs and industries overseas. Secondly, we want to manufacture here in the U.S. as it gives us better control over the product and allows us to make custom products for those who request it. Quality control of imported products can be nightmare. Why do you think so many brick and mortar retailers have opened the proverbial flood gates when it comes to returns? Aside from being competitive, when quality is hit or miss a generous return policy is key to not alienating people who are getting "duds" or "lemons". Many times, if something goes out of stock, we will specially make your bedding that day and avoid the delay of waiting until our next scheduled production run of your items. Finally, this is also a response to you - our reader, our customer. Demand for U.S. made products has increased, and we try our best to source American to meet your needs.
This doesn't mean that American manufacturing "is back" or that this isn't done without challenges. It has been difficult to find some of the materials we need. With the ability to produce raw textiles nearly completely gutted from the States, it has been a challenge to find a U.S. source for some of the materials we need in the specific raw sizes. Fortunately, there are a few producers still based here in the States who are not only hanging on but seeing a bit of a resurgence.
In addition to the flag, you can also check in the Product Features or the Customer Questions sections. I'm pretty sure that even from this list, I've missed at least a handful. If you don't see the country of origin listed on the page, submit a question, and I, or one of our staffers, generally answer within 12-24 hours. Happy Hunting!
Author: Kevin Gilmore
For many with MCS, being particular about bedding isn't an option, it's a necessity. Most bedding is not organic and can irritate sensitive skin, causing allergic reactions, dermatitis, itching, swelling or worse. All of these things can leave you feeling tired instead of refreshed and reenergized in the mornings.
Though most are familiar with organic food, what's the deal with - organic - cotton? Merriam Webster defines organic as "of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides". So now let's take a look at cotton.
Cotton, a fibrous plant of the Gossypium genus is akin to okra and cacao and has been internationally domesticated for centuries, from Australia to Alabama. However, organic commercial cotton production has been on the rise for the past decade. Unlike the majority of cotton currently grown in the U.S., organic commercial cotton is not genetically modified. It is also grown in an organic environment meaning it is often manually cultivated, grown in organic soil, and not treated with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.
Luckily, AchooAllergy.com offers a variety of bedding made from 100% certified organic cotton to help make your bed as heavenly (and healthy!) as possible:
- Allergy Armor Organic Cotton Sheets - GOTS certified, these 300 TC sheets are soft and comfortable. Lacking chemical finishers and dyes, you can find sheets for any size bed in basic, cream or white colors, which match any bedding.
- Allergy Armor Organic Cotton Blankets - We are proud to say these blankets are cut, sewn, and packed right here in our Atlanta location. They are soft and lightweight yet warm, making a great layer for your bed, anytime of the year. Available in 2 weights, 100 and 120, each blanket is constructed from USDA certified organic cotton. Choose from either the crepe weave, which has a small tighter pattern, or the waffle weave which fluffs out to a thick and luxurious pattern after the first wash and dry. You can also select from four sizes (we even have blankets for the little ones!).
- Allergy Armor Organic Bedding Covers - Although we have not begun making our own organic pillows, we do have organic pillow and mattress covers, perfect for those coping with dust mite allergies as well as MCS and eczema. These covers have no finishes or coatings, and have an average pore size of less than 5 microns. Just slip these covers on your favorite pillow and mattress, then apply your organic sheets or pillowcases, and you're all set!
For more information on the GOTS Certification behind our organic cotton sheets and the GOTS certified fabric for our mattress and pillow covers.
Author: Rachel Power
My name is Lisa Rutter, and I am the founder of a group called No Nuts Moms Group. This is a group dedicated to raising food allergy awareness. We offer many resources on our site including a Support Group and Forum on Facebook for all food allergic families from all over the world as well as over 40 local groups throughout the United States, with one in Canada and one in Australia. Our groups are private, free to join, and are a wonderful way to stay connected with others in your area that are also dealing with life threatening food allergies. Within the local groups, we discuss things like, local events, schools, and safe restaurants. This is also a great place to lean on each other or let off some steam and not feel judged for your feelings. Food allergies can be very hard on families and it is nice to have a place to go where everyone understands these challenges. We also encourage outings and play dates within our local groups. This past Easter, our No Nuts Moms Group of Michigan hosted our second annual food free Easter Egg Hunt, with the Easter Bunny making a special appearance. Our Michigan group is also having a food free Halloween event coming up in October.
When I originally started this group in 2011, I was searching for local support and other playmates for my peanut and tree nut allergic child. I felt alone and overwhelmed, and I really wanted to find other moms and kids that both my son and I could relate to. The group has turned out to be so much more to my family and me. I have met so many amazing people and have had so many great things happen to me on this journey. I am now the Co-Leader of FACES of Michigan, which is a local support group for food allergic families. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) recently recognized No Nuts Moms Group as an official support group. This was a great accomplishment and a very proud moment for me. Within the past two years, I have also been invited to educational and informative summits by some of the top food allergy organizations out there, and our group is currently helping to get a bill passed that would allow schools to stock the life saving medication, epinephrine. This is something new for me, and I am very proud to help out in this effort.
I am very passionate about food allergies, and it is extremely rewarding to be able to help so many families. I often say that I have the best non-paying job out there! This community and my family fuel me to keep going, and I couldn’t do it without all of them. At the end of the day, I can honestly say that I am doing everything I can to make my son’s future brighter. We, as a family, have hope and will never let go of that.
If you have life-threatening food allergies or have a child with life-threatening food allergies, please visit our main website, No Nuts Moms Group to learn more about our support groups.
About the Author: Founder of No Nuts Moms Group and Co-Leader of FACES Michigan, Lisa Rutter is a 36 year-old mother of two. She, her husband and children all deal with environmental allergies, and one child has severe peanut and tree nut allergies.
As seen in Women's Health magazine, Allergy Armor Ultra features the smallest average pore size in the industry, 2.8 microns. This makes our allergy bedding covers one of the most effective ways to block the dust mite allergy and relieve night time coughing as well as morning time congestion and sneezing.
For most people, dust mites are the common household allergen that can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. Found in everyone's pillow and mattress, dust mites are microscopic mites that are part of the reason why a mattress can double in weight after 8-10 years. Dust mite feces and their microscopic dead and decaying body parts are inhaled while you sleep. For asthmatics this often means a cough that starts soon after laying down for bed, while for those with allergies it often means morning time congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing or sinus pressure. Allergy Armor can help relieve these symptoms.
By blocking the allergen and keeping it trapped, Ultra mattress, pillow and comforter covers can help to keep this allergen out of the air you breathe at night. They go over your mattress or pillow and zip closed. Once installed, you put your regular sheets or pillow cases back on. Though you won't see them, you will likely notice a difference in how you sleep at night and how you feel in the morning. And unlike other bedding covers, Ultra is made right here in the USA. We cut, sew and package every piece of Allergy Armor Ultra right in our Atlanta location. And, once you buy, you're all set! A lifetime guarantee, means years of relieve and peace of mind.
There are sizes available to fit all mattress and pillow sizes. Invest in a better night's sleep and try Allergy Armor Ultra!
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Author: K. Gilmore
The focus this year was on utility. After careful review we hand selected a few items that not only help to better control your indoor environment, reduce allergens, and lessen reactions, but work just as well for anyone.
As an example, the Miele AutoEco demonstrates this dual purpose. Most people have vacuums or need a vacuum in their home, but people dealing with allergies, asthma or MCS, most vacuums can actually work to make their situations worse. Not so with the AutoEco. This versatile upright features Miele's AirClean System and uses the combination of a sealed system and 12-stage filtration to eliminate the microparticles and harmful allergens that can aggravates allergies and cause asthma attacks. The AutoEco is just one example of a product that is particularly helpful for allergies and asthma, but works well as a gift for anyone who wants a clean home!
As an added bonus, anyone looking to Buy American, has a wide variety to choose from amongst our Allergy Armor brand bedding. From comforters and mattress covers to pillows and blankets, the majority of our Allergy Armor bedding is made right here in our Atlanta location.
Available as a PDF, browse the Guide, and if you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Breathe easier as this Guide helps to make choosing the right gift this Holiday season, less of hassle.
AchooAllergy.com 2013 Gift Guide
Author: K. Gilmore
For nearly 8 years, the AchooAllergy Blog has been providing the latest in allergy and asthma information and products. From updates in new technology, testing, medication and procedures to highlighting how environmental control can effectively reduce allergens in your home and office, the AchooBlog has seen a litany of writers delve into a wide variety of topics.
I thought it might be interesting to step in the wayback machine and see our inaugural post from December 6th, 2005.
You cannot see it in this image, but the title/tagline of our blog used to be, "Achoo! The Blog - The Cutest Little Blog on the Web".
To see all of Healthline's Top Allergy Blogs.
Author: Kevin Gilmore
With our first set of questions, I'd like to introduce Dr. Frank Lichtenberger, MD, PhD. He has taken the time to start of our series and answer three very common questions about allergies.
How can I tell if it's a cold or allergies?
Determining the difference between a cold or allergies is actually quite difficult, even for some seasoned professionals. Allergies and
colds are very similar in terms of symptoms and presentation. Both colds and allergies can cause inflammation of the upper and lower
respiratory tract, irritated eyes, cough, and fatigue. Colds are infections caused by viruses, and multiple people that share a common
residence, classroom, or workplace can be affected at one time. This is similar to allergies, as many people in the same family, classroom
or workplace can be allergic to the same things in the environment. Finally, antihistamines which are medicines used to treat allergies,
are the most common ingredient in cold medicine because they are very good at reducing nasal inflammation.
So, how do we tell the difference? Colds tend to cause more "systemic inflammation," which include things like joint and muscle aches, nausea and stomach upset. Allergies tend to cause more itching, and thin watery secretions from the nose and eyes.
How are allergies and asthma related?
Asthma, eczema, and allergies (food and seasonal) can all be part of a condition called "Atopy." Atopy refers to a decision our immune system makes on how it is going to behave (fight off bacteria, viruses, cancer, or allergies.) Anyone can be allergic to something, but people that are allergic to lots of things have "Atopy." The same basic processes that cause people to get stuffy noses can cause lungs to develop asthma or skin to become itchy and scaly. We know that children with food allergies, and/or eczema are much more likely to develop asthma later in life.
Can environmental and food allergies be related?
Absolutely. We know that people that have food allergies tend to also have environmental allergies. We don't actually know how the two are connected, but we know that there is a lot of "Cross Reactivity" between pollen and fruits and vegetables. Imagine that the Allergic System recognized allergic things based on a 4 letter code, and if it senses these "codes" in the environment it triggers an allergy. Now imagine that the alphabet only has 20 letters instead of 26, and animal, plant, fungal, and viral particles all had their codes written with these letters, but in very different languages from one another. The plant language, using only 20 different letters with MILLIONS of plants, has some redundancies. For example: some pollen from the Birch family had the code "BRCH," which was similar to the apple fruit's code "BCRH." Because they are very similar, the Allergic System will trigger the birch reaction when it senses the apple's code. This is what we call "oral allergy syndrome" where people think they are allergic to fruits or vegetables when in reality their Allergic System is just over reacting a little bit. Other similarities exist between dust mites and shellfish, and ragweed and melons.Do you have questions you would like answered? Submit them to us via the FAQ form on every product page, email them using firstname.lastname@example.org, send them to us via our live chat or send us something via snail mail. The most relevant and intriguing we'll select to be answered.
Author: Kevin Gilmore
Allergy Armor Ultra is our exclusive line of allergy relief bedding. Specially constructed to block allergens, like the dust mites that inhabit everyone's mattress and pillows, the Ultra fabric encases and protects bedding while keeping the dust mite allergen out of the air you breathe. For many people, when allergy bedding is paired up with other environmental control measures (like dusting & vacuuming more frequently and washing your bedding once a week in hot water) there's a noticeable difference in how you sleep and how you feel in the morning. Unlike cheap imports or products that others label "Made in America" simply because 51% of the materials and construction was done here in the States, all of our Allergy Armor Ultra bedding products are cut, sewn and packaged here at our facility in Atlanta, constructed from fabric made here in the U.S. and shipped to you when you order. Best of all, while you might save a few bucks buying a cheap import from a big box store, none of those covers are backed by a lifetime warranty.
In addition to the mattress and pillow covers, we've expanded our Ultra line of allergy bedding. While some have tried to duplicate it, none have succeeded in matching the quality and convenience of our Allergy Armor Ultra Pillow. With the shell of the pillow constructed from the Ultra barrier fabric, there's no need for a separate pillow cover. It's built right in! Machine washable and available in five sizes, each of these pillows is backed by a two year warranty.
More recently, we've responded to a concern from our customers. The duvet (comforter) covers, though effective, don't stop the comforter from shifting around inside. At times, you end up with the comforter all balled up inside the cover. So following the example we set with our pillow, we now offer an allergy relief comforter. With a shell constructed from Allergy Armor Ultra fabric, this comforter features sewn-through box construction, reinforced seams, a 3D corded edge, and tie in loops in each corner. Warm, durable and allergen-free the Ultra Comforter is the perfect addition to any bedroom, and with the sewn-in loops, you can easily use your decorative duvet cover without any worry of the comforter shifting or balling.
All Ultra bedding is machine washable and machine dry, so cleaning is as easy as washing a load of clothes. Each piece features the smallest average pore size in the industry, 2.8 microns, and provides effective, consistent protection from dust mites, pollen, dander, and other allergens than collect in your bedding. From pillow covers and mattress covers to pillow and even comforters, Allergy Armor Ultra has a product to fit all of your bedding needs.
While I do appreciate the author taking the time to put together the article, just as a note for readers, the AirPod was discontinued by Blueair a few years ago. For an inexpensive desktop air purifier, I would consider the compact Alen T100 or the popular Roomaid HEPA air purifier.
To read the full article from Women's Health.
Author: Kevin Gilmore