Why do I need Anti-Allergy bedding?
Your bed could be home to over 10 million dust mites; potent triggers of conditions such as asthma, eczema and other respiratory conditions. These unwelcome guests can bring on symptoms such as wheezing, sneezing, coughing and watering eyes, making for a very unpleasant, and often disturbed, night’s sleep. As household insecticides have no effect on dust mites, your best course of action is to make your bed inhospitable to them. You can do this by purchasing anti-allergy bedding, or by encasing your existing bedding in specialist anti-allergy encasements. You could also consider purchasing an anti-allergy mattress.
What am I allergic to?
Although we use the term “dust mite allergy”, the mite itself is not what you are allergic to. Instead it is the faeces that the dust mite leaves behind. Their faeces contain proteins which can produce negative reactions in people, including sneezing, coughing, itching, wheezing and streaming eyes. Dust mites do not bite, cannot spread diseases, and do not live on people. They are only harmful to those who develop an allergy to them. Dust mites are microscopic in size (0.25–0.3 millimetres), so it is easy to assume your bed is mite-free, as they are unable to be seen.
What’s the difference between non-allergenic, hypoallergenic and anti-allergy?
Non-allergenic means that the item itself shouldn’t cause an allergic reaction, but triggers such as dust mites may still be present. The term hypoallergenic means that there is a decreased chance of allergic reaction, and similarly anti-allergy means the item is intended to prevent or minimize an allergic reaction.
Do I need new bedding?
To fight dust mites, your best option is to replace your bedding with specialist anti-allergy bedding. Anti-allergy bedding can either contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites, or have a special casing that dust mites cannot penetrate. If your existing bedding isn’t anti-allergy and you’re reluctant to replace it, you can improve its allergy protection by using anti-allergy encasements. These encasements fit over your existing pillow, duvet and mattress and trap allergens inside.
What do I need to make my bed allergy friendly?
It’s important to make your whole bed an allergy friendly haven; this may involve replacing your pillows, duvet, sheets and mattress or purchasing specialist encasements to improve the anti-allergy effectiveness of your existing bedding.
Pillows & Duvets for allergy sufferers
Anti-allergy pillows and duvets can be split into two groups, those that contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites and those made with a casing impenetrable to dust mites. Both options will offer a good level of protection and will stop the growth of dust mites in your pillow and duvet. It is also possible to purchase pillows and duvets that can be washed at 60oC (the temperature needed to kill dust mites), whilst these pillows and duvets will not contain an anti-allergy agent, washing them regularly at 60oC will help keep levels of dust mites down. Furthermore, some pillow and duvet fillings, such as wool and silk, are naturally resistant to dust mites. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to keep your existing pillow and duvet, you can purchase anti-allergy encasements; these will fully encase your pillow and duvet trapping allergens inside.
Bed Linen for allergy sufferers
When purchasing bed sheets it’s best to choose something that offers specialist anti-allergy protection, these sheets will contain an active ingredient to denature dust mites or will be made from something naturally resistant to dust mites such as silk. Alternatively choose sheets that can be washed regularly at 60oC, this is the temperature needed to kill dust mites, or use a laundry additive such as Fabri-Cleanse to remove allergens at lower temperatures.
Mattress Protection for allergy sufferers
You can protect yourself from the allergens in your mattress by using an anti-allergy mattress protector or mattress encasement. For medium protection an anti-allergy mattress protector will contain an anti-allergy agent to protect you from dust mites in the top layer of your mattress. For better protection an anti-allergy mattress encasement will fully encase your mattress, stopping allergens from exiting or entering any part of your mattress. The majority of mattress encasements are made from a fabric impenetrable to dust mites and other allergens. Anti-Allergy Pillow Protectors and Pillow Encasements are also available.
Mattresses for allergy sufferers
Brands including Sealy and Healthbeds have started to produce hypo-allergenic mattresses. Similarly to anti-allergy bedding, your new mattress will have been treated with an agent to denature dust mites. If you’re considering purchasing a new mattress, choosing an anti-allergy option will offer the purest night’s sleep by stopping the growth of dust mites in the first place.
Can Anti-Allergy bedding make my bed more eczema friendly?
When choosing bedding for eczema sufferers, it is very important that it is highly breathable bedding. Bedding that creates a cleaner, drier and smoother environment, will ease irritation on your skin, creating a better night’s sleep. For example our DermaTherapy bedding is made from a tightly woven fabric which creates a smoother layer that will pull less and cause less friction on skin. It is also highly breathable and will draw moisture from the skin.