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Freshen up, cool off and beat the summer heat with these Top 10 cooling products from Allegro. 

Top 10 COOL Products for Summer

 Cooling Pillows– Hot nights?  Get relief from night sweats and hot necks with cooling sensation Chillow pillows.  Year-round relief from hormonal sweats or just to cool off during the summer . . . you’ll get a great night’s sleep!  Highly recommended, these are among our most popular products.  We even have them for pets.  

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ReadyBath Premium Bathing Cloths– Value Priced! Freshen up in record time with these pre-moistened, no-rinse, single use, pH balanced washcloths.  They contain an antibacterial formula that helps kill germs and eliminate odors.   Perfect for bedridden patients, these wipe ‘n go cloths are also great for anyone who needs a quick ‘bath’ between showers.   Case of 24 packs, 8 cloths per pack. Also, check out the Prevail Premium Pop-up Cloths.

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Freeze your mouse cushion!  One of the fastest ways to cool your body is to ice down your pulse points.   With a mouse cushion, you cool down while ergonomically supporting your wrist and forearm at the computer.  Brilliant! 

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Cast CoolerCast Cooler and Cast Comfort Spray – Wrap the Cast Cooler around your breathable orthopedic cast once a day, connect a vacuum for 10 minutes and the moisture is removed, leaving you cool, dry and itch free.  Cast Comfort is a spray that is used under the cast, for immediate cooling and itch relief.  And don’t forget the cast protectors so you can cool off in the pool!

Read 5 Best Cast Accessories for a COOL Cast

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Water Exercise Equipment – Speaking of cooling off in the pool, how about doing your exercises in the water!  You can jog and dance and lift and have a great time, while listening to music on your Underwater MP3 Player.  And when you’re done, cool off on your Kool Float!

Read 5 Water Workouts – Low Impact, Big Results

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Cool Mist Impeller HumidifierCool Mist Humidifiers – Create a refreshing, cool room in hot dry climates.  Combat summer cough and cold symptoms.

Be safe! Check for mold and track humidity levels with this Mold Alert Thermometer.

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Cool Stretch - Night SplintCool Stretch Night Splint – Plantar Fasciitis sufferers will have a cool, pain free night with this lightweight, comfortable night splint.

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Shop by Condition: Foot Pain

Shop by Condition: Ankle Pain

Let’s face it.  Humans, even in the best of health, are odor challenged.  Throw in some incontinence or maybe an ostomy, a healing wound, a little flatulence, a bedridden loved one, body odor, a dirty dog, smelly kids, poor hygiene, bad breath, mold and mildew – and what do you have?  You have a whole lot of reasons to invest in some serious odor eliminators.  Move over Lysol .  .  .

Allegro’s Most Popular Odor Eliminators


Medi-Aire Biological Odor Eliminator - 8oz Spray BottleRoom Deodorizers – Super concentrated, these room sprays don’t mask foul odors – they chemically eliminate them.  Even the worst odors are gone in seconds.

Remedy 4-in-1 Cleansing Lotion - 8 oz. Personal Hygiene Odor Control – Products to keep all your parts clean.  Caregivers, you’ll want to take a gander at these.

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Prevail Disposable Washcloths, Jumbo Tub - 12" x 8"Wipes and Washcloths – Disposable personal cleansing wipes and bathing cloths for bottoms and bits.  Amazing prices.

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Ostomy Deodorants – Ostimates have no reason to worry about embarrassing odor with this line-up of internal and external deodorants. 

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Aloe Vesta 3-n-1 Cleansing Foam 8 oz Skin Cleansers– Body wash, no-rinse bath products, incontinence sprays, perineal washes, skin conditioners – all here.


Reusable Bed PadsBed Pads, Underpads and Mattress Protectors – Nothing saves beds, chairs or other furniture from stains and smells more than a pad or protector.  Disposable or Reusable/Washable – your choice.


Thanks for being an Allegro customer.  We appreciate your business.  By the way, you smell GREAT!

The two main types of disposable medical gloves are exam and surgical – each with a particular function.  Medical gloves are further designated by their material – nitrile, latex and vinyl.  To make selecting the right medical glove even more interesting they are also available in powdered, non-powdered, sterile, nonsterile, textured, coated . . .  Let’s break it down.

Who Wears Medical Gloves?

Caregivers, Healthcare Professionals, Surgeons, Lab Techs, Catheter Users, Ostimates, Dentists, Pharmacists, Rescue Workers, Police Officers, Manicurists, Chefs, Hair Stylists, Housekeepers, Pet Owners, Gardeners, Factory Workers, Moms, Mechanics, Teachers, Food Handlers and more.

Exam Gloves vs. Surgical Gloves

General purpose exam gloves are most commonly used by caregivers and healthcare workers to protect themselves from contamination during an examination or procedure.  Gloves can also used in the home to clean up household spills and pet messes, gardening or even when changing the oil in the car.  They are low cost and nice to have at hand when unsanitary situations arise.

Surgeons and operating room nurses wear advanced surgical gloves that are more specifically sized and designed to allow better precision and sensitivity. 

Latex, Vinyl or Nitrile Exam Gloves

Latex Powder-Free Exam GlovesLatex Gloves

  • Comfortable
  • Highly durable and flexible
  • Best fit
  • High tactile sensitivity to touch
  • Preferred by surgeons
  • Not recommended for those with latex allergies
  • Mid-range barrier protection

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Shop all Latex Gloves – Powdered

Vinyl Powder-Free Exam GlovesVinyl Gloves

  • Low cost, high value
  • Made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Standard barrier protection
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Latex-free
  • Less durable
  • Less tactile for sensitive work

Shop all Vinyl Gloves – Powder Free

Shop all Vinyl Gloves – Powdered

Invacare Nitrile Powder-Free Exam GlovesNitrile Gloves

  • Protein-free, latex free
  • High barrier protection
  • Chemical resistant
  • Puncture resistant

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Shop all Exam Gloves

Shop all Surgical Gloves

In a nutshell, you will be basing your glove decision on the task at hand, the level of protection you need, allergies and/or sensitivites, comfort, fit and cost. 

A Word About Latex Allergies

Healthcare workers and anyone with frequent exposure to latex are at the greatest risk for developing latex sensitivity and allergies.  Symptoms range from minor skin irritation or redness to respiratory problems.  Shock has been reported rare cases.  There is a big push by the healthcare industry to become latex-free to prevent further development of latex allergies.

Powdered vs. UnPowdered Gloves

Powder is used to lubricate the gloves, making them easier to put on your hands.  Cornstarch is used because it is non-irritating, however powder can impede healing if it gets into tissues so unpowdered gloves are the most popular choice among healthcare workers.  Special inner coatings on gloves have now replaced powder in many gloves, thus eliminating powder-related complications.

Caregivers have one of the hardest, yet most noble jobs in the world.  And when it comes to caregiving aids, Allegro Medical understands that even the simplest ones can have a major impact on the comfort, safety and independence of care giver and patient alike.  

In our 13 years in business Allegro has helped hundreds of thousands of caregivers with practical solutions to everyday struggles.  Let us help you.

Caregivers, below is a list of our most popular products designed to make your life easier  – and your loved one safe and comfy. 

Best  Caregiver Products


Grayson Reusable BedpadsBed Pads and Underpads – Life and laundry just got a lot less complicated with these machine washable and dry-able, reusable bed pads.  Absorbent layers protect against moisture from incontinence, spills or bed baths.  Allegro also offers convenient disposable underpads to protect beds, chairs, floors and car seats.  Great for pets and kids, too.

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Have you seen the new Tena Ultra Thin Pads? Amazing.

See Best Bedridden Products

Alliance Hydraulic Patient Lift HE Alliance Hydraulic Patient Lift – Super affordable, stable and comfortable, Patient Lifts can be a caregivers dream. 

See all Alliance Patient Lifts

Shop all Hoyer Lifts and Slings

See the UpEasy Lifting Cushion

Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System Beasy Board Trans Easy Transfer System – With its frictionless “no lift” technology, patients are easily transferred from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to automobile or bath bench, toilet, dining room chair, theatre seat . . . while reducing risk of injury to the lifter and the liftee.  Totally portable, this state-of-the-art Beasy Board can help get everyone around the house AND out of the house.

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Ultimate Solution Comfortseat Ultimate Solution ComfortSeat – This ultimate personal hygiene device lets users care for themselves without assistance after going to the bathroom. Restores dignity to those who previously needed help from a caregiver. Replaces your existing toilet seat.  For travel, try the Portable Solution ComfortSeat Travel Bidet.

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Comfort Bath Rinse-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cap Comfort Bath Rinse-Free Shampoo and Conditioner Cap – Complete, one-step hair care in a convenient, microwaveable cap.  No rinse, no mess.  Disposable, one time use.

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Shop by Condition: Bedridden

Deluxe Ambulation Gait Belt Deluxe Ambulation Gait Belt – More secure and comfortable than a traditional gait belt.  Gait belts are a must for caregivers to assist in ambulation and transfers from bed to chair.

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Waterproof Mealtime Protectors - Full-length Bib Waterproof Mealtime Protectors – Full-length Bib – This adult-size bib makes for easy cleanup at mealtime.

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Shop all Drinking Aids

Shop all Daily Living Aids

Shop by Condition: Tube Feeding

Shop by Condition: Swallowing Disorder

BedCane Bed Rail BedCane Bed Rail – Provides sturdy support when getting in and out of bed.  Fantastic help for the caregiver when transfering someone from a wheelchair to the bed.

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Drive Phoenix 3 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter Phoenix 3-Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter – Sometimes a mobility scooter can be a caregiver’s best friend.  Independence for your loved one and a needed break for you.

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Shop all Walkers

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Caregivers, we would love to hear from you.  Feel free to share you experiences and the products that have helped you.  You are our heroes!

Take care and thanks for being part of the Allegro family of customers.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, 2010.  Choose the perfect gift for your Dads, Uncles, Grandpas and Father-in-laws with these Father’s Day gift ideas.  Hard to buy for that special guy?  Fear not, dear shopper, for we have selected these Father’s Day Presents to suit all dads from young to senior, with varied abilities and special interests.  No ties this year! Yippee!

Best Fathers Day Gift Ideas


Vinturi Wine Aerator Vinturi Wine Aerator– All the rage in the wine world, these instant wine aerators serve as a portable decanter to “open up” your wine, one glass at a time.  Just pour the wine out of the bottle, through the Vinturi, into your wine glass.  An absolute must for all wine enthusiasts, especially wine loving dads.

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Projection Clock w/ Temperature - Silver Projection Clock w/Temp  – Dad will know EXACTLY what time you came in last night with this handy projection clock.  He’ll also know the day, month and temperature outside.  Smart daddy.

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FitBALL Power Golf Trainer Book and DVD FitBALL Power Golf Book and DVD – Help dad increase the distance, consistency and accuracy of his golf game while strengthening his core.  He’ll thank you!  And if you haven’t gotten him a Bionic Golf Glove yet, throw one of those in too.

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Pro Fit Iron Gym Workout Bar Pro Fit Iron Gym Workout Bar – Transforms a doorway into a gym.   Dad will have a wicked strong upper body in no time with this multi-function home gym.  No tools required.  Does dad like to do push-ups?  Jack Zatorski’s Push Up Pro is just the ticket.  How about killer abs?  Check out the Ab Rocket Abdominal Trainer.

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Snappy Spa Portable Hot TubSnappy Spa Portable Hot Tub – If pop has always wanted a whirlpool spa for his patio, cabin, RV park, back yard or deck – well… here you go.  No tools for assembly.  Thermostatically controlled heater and seating for 4 adults.  This economical Snappy Spa is very, very popular.


Easi-Grip Gardening Set Easi-Grip Gardening Set – For dads who enjoy gardening, you can’t go wrong with a gift of ergonomic gardening tools.  Ideal for gardeners of every age.

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GE Dect 6.0 Photo Phone w/ Photo CID GE Dect 6.0 Photo Phone – When you call dad, your picture will display on this digital photo frame with integrated telephone.  Sweeeet.  In the meantime it is a sleek multi-function phone with a digital slide show.  Color LCD, 7″ – accepts SD, xD and MS memory cards. 

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SLIDE2PCSLIDE2PC – Give Dad the opportunity to convert his 35mm negatives to his PC with the touch of a button. 

See all Teledynamics

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SNAPP Mini Digital Camcorder/Camera SNAPP Mini Digital Camcorder/Camera –  Dad won’t miss a thing with this mini camcorder camera featuring super crisp video.  Software included will let him edit his videos and upload them to YouTube.


Portable Internet Radio with FM Portable Internet Radio with FM – Whose father wouldn’t enjoy this FM radio that streams media over a wireless Internet connection?  No PC required.  Also streams stored audio files from your PC (except downloads from copy-protected iTunes selections).  See also the Internet Radio with iPod Dock.

See all Grace Digital


TV Listener Infrared Stereo System TV Listener Infrared Stereo System – You can sleep, read or study while dad uses this infrared headset to watch TV.  Also  great for those with hearing loss so one family member can enjoy the television at a higher level than other people in the same room.  How about a system with two headsets?

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Drive Phoenix 4 Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter Phoenix 4-Wheel Travel Mobility Scooter – Dad can go just about anywhere with this battery-operated travel scooter.  4-piece design assembles and disassembles for transport.  15-mile range.  Free Shipping!

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3-in-1 Shopping Cart, Folding Chair & Removable Bag 3-in-1 Shopping Cart – A shopping cart, folding chair and removable bag all in one.  This lightweight chair (10 lbs) supports up to 250 lbs and is great for outdoor events, the park or shopping.  Give your father a break and get him something to sit on, for heaven’s sake.

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Grill Daddy Pro Grill Cleaning Tool Grill Daddy Pro Grill Cleaning Tool – What a perfect name for a Father’s Day gift! This inexpensive brush cleans the grill with the power of STEAM.  Get one for all of your grill daddies.

See all Grill Daddy Grill Cleaners

Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift?  See our Gift Ideas Category: Gifts for Him.  Order Today for speedy delivery!

 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, uncles and grandpas that make our lives so special.  Have a happy, healthy day.