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What asthma and allergy friendly products do you think you might buy this year?

Did you receive any asthma/allergy friendly products as gifts this year?  Perhaps you have some gift cards or holiday money to spend and are considering buying something for yourself, that will help with asthma and allergies.

There is a new  to help you figure out what products might be best for you.  Be sure to check it out!

Are you considering buying any of these products this year?

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  • K8sMom2002

    I really, really need to break down and buy new encasements for DD's bed. Why do I keep putting it off???

  • Shea

    Mattress encasements are confusing to me, because of something his allergist said. He said that the dead skin cells will fall through the sheets and onto the zippered mattress encasement and then sit there instead of being absorbed into the mattress, and be worse! UNLESS you wash them weekly. They are a pain to unzip and pull off. But the mattress has to be encased. So my solution was to buy zippered ones that I wash monthly, and then one put another mattress paf over them, that is easy to remove–no zipper not a full encasement, that one i wash with the sheets, weekly. ….. And when I say weekly, I mean that I Mean to do it weekly, but its usually biweekly, and by monthly on the zippered ones, I usually do the bi-monthly.  

  • Shea

    Oh but what I am considering researching more is this as seen on tv, sold at target, steam inhalation thing: |mwebpdph3|viewed_bought|mwebpdph3|14881069|0

  • K8sMom2002

    Could you not strip the sheets and then vacuum the encasement? That's what my allergist suggested. The encasement is a barrier, so the dust mites don't work their way into mattress, and what is there doesn't work their way back out. 

  • Kathy P

    Mattress encasements usually say to wipe them down. I don't recall any of ours calling for washer. Now, the pillow encasements do call for washing.

    What I do is have the mattress encasement and then have a washable mattress pad on top of that. I wash that at least monthly.

  • K8sMom2002

    I don't know WHAT it is about our house, but we have so much dust! I was noticing the return vent on our HVAC system and saw some dust clinging to the grill the other day when I was sweeping. That's a sure sign that the filter inside is probably clogged, and it seems like yesterday that I replaced it. I need to find another one.

  • Jen

    So, now that we're a month into the New Year, has anyone purchased any ?

  • K8sMom2002

    Aaack! Thanks for the reminder, Jen — I must, must, must buy a new filter for my HVAC system. Sigh. Where does the dust come from?

  • K8sMom2002

    And this weekend I actually managed to remember to buy a new filter — eek, but it needed replacing! I really, really wish I could figure out how to keep dust OUTSIDE in the first place. 

  • Jen

    DD2 has been complaining of a dry throat and stuffy nose in the mornings and has requested a humidifier.  DH is actually thinking about getting a whole house humidifier instead.  We had one at our old house, but our current house does not have one.  I think it would be great because we have all been dealing with eczema issues, too, that are likely due to the dry air in this house.

  • K8sMom2002

    Shea, did you ever do any more research on that steam inhalation device? And what about the mattress encasements?

    One worry I have about mattress encasements is that they will be hot, like when you sleep on plastic. Anybody got any advice about that?

  • Jen

    Shea and Cynthia  - Did you guys ever find mattress encasements that will work for you?

  • Jen

    Now that it's springtime and  are in full swing, what products do you use or are you considering to help deal with pollen?

  • Jen

    Has anyone made any recent  purchases?  How are they working for you?