As an allergy sufferer, you are probably already aware of symptoms like a bunged up nose, sneezing or even worse conditions like asthma or eczema. An allergy usually occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless allergen as a threat, and attacks it. You probably come into contact with allergens every day; nuts, pollen and dust are some of the most common. While you might not be affected by them all the time, you will no doubt come across some type of allergic reaction in your lifetime.
Dust is a particularly important allergen that can be very annoying in your day-to-day life, because your bedding can become a breeding ground for it; even if you’re really hygienic! So, if you’ve realised that you are affected by allergens like this, it might be time to consider anti-allergy bedding.
How your duvet and pillows contribute to your allergens
Dust mites thrive in dark, humid areas; in other words, your pillows and duvet. With a warm place to live, and dead skin cells to survive on, dust mites will naturally be drawn to your bed. Its in their droppings where you’ll find those pesky allergens, and could bring on symptoms like sneezing, coughing and watering eyes.
We shed dead skin cells while we sleep, and there’s not many places for them to go except into our bedding. Along with the body perspiring through the night, your bed creates a great environment for dust mites to settle. While you can get rid of them by washing your bedding at a high temperature, there might be a better solution if it’s really bothering you.
Choosing anti-allergy bedding
You can buy bedding that makes the environment inhospitable for dust mites. It’s known as anti-allergy bedding, and it can make a huge difference to your quality of sleep. First of all, there are two types; hypoallergenic and anti-allergy. Hypoallergenic refers to materials that are less likely to trigger allergies. Anti-allergy means that the bedding has been treated in a certain way that will deter dust mites. Both types achieve the same result, using a slightly different method. You should also bear in mind the term ‘non-allergenic’. This means the bedding won’t cause any allergies, but dust mites will probably still be present!
The filling of the bedding itself isn’t too important when it comes to anti-allergy properties; this is down to your personal preference. However, some people can be allergic to feathers or latex so it’s important to be aware what your duvet or pillows are filled with. Most filling will be synthetic, which is largely considered to be better for those who suffer with allergies.
It is the tightly woven covers and casing using in anti-allergy bedding that stop dust mites, so bear that in mind!
Keeping it in good condition
It is recommended that you change your duvet if it’s over 5 years old, and you should remember to wash it every 3 months to keep it in good condition. Dust mites are killed by washing your bedding at 60°C or higher.
By looking after your bedding and mattress properly, you can help to keep allergens at bay!