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What Are 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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