This may sound peculiar, but the fact is that bedding can accumulate millions of allergens in the form of dust mites and their excrement, dust particles and pollen. Those prone to asthma or hay fever can suffer terribly due to incorrect bedding.
Dust mites are minuscule creatures that feed on flakes of discarded human skin. They also love and thrive in warm and humid places, so what better place than a bed for them to call home! They say that with use the weight of a mattress can double because of dust, dust mites and their excrement - how lovely! The waste material generated by dust mites is a powerful allergen and can trigger intense episodes of asthma or hay fever. Thankfully, bedding manufacturers have tackled the problem to provide anti allergy duvets and pillows and mattress protectors that one can turn to. These types of bedding are made using hypoallergenic fabrics and fillings that may be washed at very 60 degrees Celcius or more in order to permanently remove the dust mites, thus keeping their allergens at bay.
Anti allergy mattresses, pillows and duvets are a part of the solution. It is also important to dust the bedroom very often. Clean the rails of the bed, any bed side furniture and the carpet every so often to keep out dust particles, mites and pollen. (more...)