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Bedroom Allergens

With many layers of dark, moisture-absorbing materials, beds can be the host to a large number of bedroom allergens. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA), the bedroom is the most allergen-prone room in the house. Since we spend, on average, a third of our lives in the bedroom, the air quality, and allergens present can have a large impact on our comfort and sleep quality. Let’s take a look at what could be lurking in your bedroom.

 

Dust Mites

By far the largest source of allergens in the bedroom, dust mites, and enzymes in their droppings are small enough to be inhaled and are common allergy irritants. These microscopic creatures feed on dry skin cells, and are present by the millions in beds and bedding, especially when mattresses and pillows are not protected. To limit their presence in your bed, wash your bedding regularly on hot settings, and utilize dust mite proof mattress and pillow protectors.

Pets

Covered in fur, sometimes drooling and even occasionally incontinent, our loveable friends can be big contributors to allergen build-up at home. Indoor/outdoor pets can bring in dust, dirt, and pollen from outside, while seasonal shedding can ramp-up allergy suffering. In addition to wiping paws and regularly brushing coats, protecting mattresses and pillows is an essential step to curbing allergen build-up. Even if your pet does not sleep in your bed, the absorptive nature of unprotected beds and bedding means this can be an easy destination for pet-borne allergens.

 

Mold and Mildew

Mold allergies are related to contact with mold spores both through touch and inhalation. Mold and mildew allergies can result in a rash, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. Symptoms of this allergy are similar to hay fever. Mold typically grows in dark, moist areas where a layer of surface moisture film is present. Waterproof or moisture-wicking bedding and bed protection are recommended to prevent the growth of mold or mildew in your mattress or pillows.

Pollen

If you keep your windows open, have pets who explore the outdoors, or occasionally wear street clothes in bed, seasonal pollen is likely present within your mattress. With many sheets, folds and multiple layers of fabric, beds easily trap and retain allergens like pollen. By washing your bedding regularly, and protecting both your pillow and mattress, you can ensure pollen does not accumulate.

Mattress Materials

Many mattresses are constructed with materials like down and latex foam. While people with severe allergies are not recommended to purchase or sleep on products constructed of these materials, it is possible to mitigate the effects of these allergens with allergen-proof bedding such as mattress encasements, box spring encasements, and pillow protectors designed to stop particles from entering or exiting the bed.

Where do allergens reside?

Allergens can be present in every corner of the bedroom, from dust on cluttered shelves to mold and mildew in carpets and dust mites in bedding. The largest home for allergens is in an unprotected mattress and pillows, where dust mites can thrive in layer after layer of fabric, stuffing and other porous materials, and easily be inhaled while you sleep.

 

What products help prevent bedroom allergens?

The most effective products at reducing allergens in the home are those that focus on dust mite proof, waterproof and moisture-wicking bed and bedding protection. Products include mattress protection, mattress encasements, box spring encasements and pillow protectors. In order to be effective, bedding protection must inhibit the growth and habitat for dust mites, mold, dust and other allergens. To accomplish this, the fabric must have a barrier that stops all particles, even to a microscopic level, from passing through. Look for products that are asthma and allergen friendly™ certified by the Asthma and Allergen Foundation of America.

 

We spend a 1/3 of our lives in bed, and ensuring it's an allergen-free environment can have a big impact on the rest of our lives. To shop products that can help curb bedroom allergens, and help you get the best sleep possible, click the links below.

 

Dust Mite & Allergen-Proof Bedding

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