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For those that suffer from allergy symptoms, the right bedding choice can improve health by reducing allergic reactions. With a few considerations, you can find the best protection for your family. We’ll help you sort through the terminology to discover what you really need to know about keeping allergy free in the bedroom.
A common misperception is that the fabric or fill of the bedding is causing allergic reactions for the sleeper. But, this is usually not the case. Typically, the allergies are triggered by the pollen, pet dander and dust mites that accumulate in bedding over time.
Dust mites are the most common asthma trigger in the world and the bedroom is the primary source for dust mites. -- Russell Faust, PhD, MD
There is an important distinction between these two names. ‘Hypoallergenic’ and ‘allergy free’ both refer to the state of the product when it is brand new.
Hypoallergenic actually means less-allergenic relative to others. And, there are no government standards for labeling products as hypoallergenic.
At Pacific Coast, we didn’t think that was good enough. With our strict purity standards, we are able to offer an Allergy-Free Warranty to assure our customers that all of the allergens have been removed from our products.
Allergy protection refers to its ability to keep out allergens as the bedding is used. If you are an allergy sufferer, allergy free bedding is a great first step to reduce symptoms. However, it’s also important to have the continued defense of allergy protection bedding. The term ‘allergy protection’ refers to materials that keep out allergens once you start using the product. This type of bedding can keep the dust, dander and mites out of pillows, comforters and mattresses.
“Studies have shown that avoidance measures can be just as effective as drug therapy for controlling allergy symptoms,” said Dr. Manav Segal of Chestnut Hill Allergy & Asthma Associates.
When reducing allergens in the bedroom, start with allergy protection pillows since they tend to gather dander from your scalp and hold dust. Make sure to look for a natural barrier mechanism that is lab tested to industry standards. Pacific Coast® AllerRest® bedding uses an allergen barrier in the form of tightly woven – yet breathable – all cotton fabric, as opposed to the pesticide treatments or synthetic waterproofing that some other companies use.
"I didn't think I'd be able to have a down pillow since I already have so many allergies. I’m relieved that 2 months in I’ve had zero issues with my pillow and it is the most comfortable one I have ever owned. All my other pillows seem to get tossed aside now that I own this. I even bought 2 for my parents because I love mine so much." RayB, Portland, Oregon
Next, use a mattress cover that encases the entire mattress. This will provide better protection than a mattress pad because dust, dander and mites can get around a mattress pad. If you have a featherbed, cover that with an allergy protection cover. And lastly, an allergen barrier comforter on top.
Since many children have severe allergies, it’s important to start with hypoallergenic bedding at a minimum. For a complete safeguard, use allergy protection pillows and comforter as well, to help keep dust mites out of their bed.
Allergy proofing your child’s bedroom should also include keeping their stuffed animals clean. The Mayo Clinic recommends to buy washable toys, wash them regularly in hot water, and keep them off the bed.
AllerRest bedding protects against dust and dander getting into your bedding
Allergy protection bedding is an essential tool in the ongoing battle against dust mites in the bedroom. While dust mites are a fact of life, using bedding with allergen barrier fabric and washing the bedding regularly will help to keep dust mites to a minimum, particularly in warm and humid weather. Fortunately, one of the many benefits of down and feather bedding is that it can be washed with great success, even in hot water.