How to Deal with Allergic Reactions Triggered by Mattresses
May 21, 2012
Most people feel safe and comfortable in their home. For them, the four corners of their house protect them from the dangers of the outside world. Unbeknownst to them, even their house could be the source of harm.
The bedroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house. In fact, you ideally spend 8 solid hours on your bed each day, but did you know that your bed can cause you harm rather than comfort? In reality, there are allergic reactions triggered by mattresses. And without preventative measures, these reactions can become very severe in the future.
Mattresses can trigger allergies such as constant sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, stuffy nose, or skin patches and rashes. These simple allergies may become more severe as time passes so they should not be overlooked. A common cause of allergies is dust accumulated on the mattress. The material of the mattress may also contribute in triggering allergies.
Beware of Dust
Most allergies are due to inhalation of dust. Some people are naturally susceptible to the tiniest particles of dust while others are not. Some people don’t even know that they are allergic until they are exposed to a large amount of dust. Without frequent cleaning and maintenance, dust builds up on mattresses and sheet covers, thereby causing allergic reactions.
Another key cause in triggering allergies are dust mites. These insects live in warm and moist environments such as mattresses, sofa beds, and pillows. As horrible as it sounds, approximately two to three million mites live on a regular mattress! These small insects can prompt asthma, rhinitis and eczema.
Several people are allergic to specific materials found on mattresses and other bedding products. For example, many people have been proven to be allergic to feather on pillows. Mattresses are also made of chemicals and other man-made materials like plastics, vinyl and latex that can cause allergic reactions.
How to Deal with Allergic Reactions
There are several solutions to reduce the number of allergens on a mattress. They consist of the following:
- Change the bed and pillow sheets, and blankets at least once a week. Immerse them in hot water for several minutes during washing.
- Clean your mattress regularly. Use a vacuum, most preferably one with filters specially designed for allergens.
- If the bed covers are not in use, store them inside a sealed case to protect them from harmful insects and dust. There are particular cases designed for bed covers and sheets that can be bought in your local store.
- Always keep the room temperature normal. Dust mites settle in warm places so always ensure that your bedroom is well-ventilated.
- Research on materials used in the mattresses you choose to buy. Try to avoid specific synthetic materials that can bring harm to you. Choose organic mattresses that are made of natural materials instead. There are also hypoallergenic mattresses that are designed to give you comfort and safety from allergies.