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Allergy Free Bedding Buying Guide

ALLERGY MATTRESS COVERS

An allergy mattress cover is a specially designed cover that encases your mattress and keeps common allergens, like dust mites, contained inside the mattress. These covers are different from regular mattress pads in that they envelop the entire mattress rather than just fitting over the top. The design ensures that allergens donít escape the cover.

Allergy mattress covers are made from special fabrics with very tight weaves that prevent even the smallest particles from coming through. They encase the mattress, closing tightly with a zipper. Some covers have a urethane barrier called a membrane that blocks the allergens. These are also waterproof, making them a good choice for childrenís beds.

The covers are a necessity for people who suffer from allergies and wake up with a stuffy nose and other symptoms. Dust mites are allergens that live in bedding, and breathing them in overnight can cause allergy symptoms and poor sleep. Protecting yourself from exposure to dust mites can greatly improve your quality of life. They fit tightly on the bed so you can top them with your regular sheets.

To keep your mattress cover working properly and in good shape, it will need to be removed from the bed and laundered about four times a year. It should be washed in warm or hot water and dried on the gentle or low dryer cycle.

In addition to mattress covers, allergy pillow covers are also available, and will add an extra layer of protection to those with dust mite allergens.

HYPOALLERGENIC PILLOWS

Some people have allergies to common things like dust mites, feathers, and pet dander. Others are sensitive to some synthetic and natural materials used in pillows and bedding. Hypoallergenic pillows are designed specifically to resist harboring common allergens, and are made from materials that are not thought to cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

These pillows are usually made from a synthetic material like polyester that is in itself hypoallergenic and will effectively repel allergens such as dust mites that are often found in bedding. Theyíre sealed to keep mites from burrowing inside, where hair, skin, and oils can accumulate. The material usually keeps mold and mildew, both of which can cause allergies, from growing.

You can purchase these pillows in a variety of firmness levels so you donít have to sacrifice comfort to get relief from your allergies. Stomach and back sleepers will benefit from a softer pillow, while back and side sleepers need a pillow with medium firmness. A firm choice is best for those who sleep mostly on their sides.

Hypoallergenic pillows are machine washable. This allows people with allergies to launder them regularly to further reduce allergens. To increase effectiveness, they can also be covered with an allergy pillow cover. The pillows are a great addition to an allergy mattress cover, offering comprehensive protection against dust mites.

Whether or not you have allergies, itís a good idea to change your pillow every couple of years for optimum comfort and cleanliness.
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