by Staff Writer
You can control allergies and sleep more comfortably by replacing your old bedding with hypoallergenic alternatives. Once you've identified your allergies, you can select hypoallergenic replacements for problematic bedroom items. These tips will suggest hypoallergenic bedding that helps you create an allergy-free bed.
Identify your specific allergies. Your discomfort may have more than one cause. Dust mites gravitate to certain types of pillows and comforters, and their droppings can cause allergy flare-ups and asthma attacks. Mold is a common trigger for respiratory allergies. Each allergy can be addressed differently, so it's important that you know which irritants are causing your discomfort.
Switch to bedding with all-natural fibers. Your comforter, sheets or pillowcases may contain man-made fibers that irritate your skin. If your sheets or pillowcases cause redness or rashes, you may be more comfortable sleeping on all-natural cotton, wool or silk bedding. Check your pillow and comforter for synthetic fillings.
Protect your bedding from outside allergens. Dust mites, dander and mold spores can grow inside your bedding over time, only to be released when you fluff a pillow or flip a mattress pad. Cover your pillows, comforter and mattress with hypoallergenic slipcovers to prevent mites and dander from reaching your bedding in the first place. Fabrics with high thread counts are excellent barriers against allergens.
Try a down-alternative comforter or pillow. Down is actually unlikely to cause allergies; it's the dust mites and dander hiding in down bedding that triggers reactions. These down alternatives will make your bedding less hospitable to these irritants:
Memory foam: Memory foam pillows and mattress pads are anti-microbial, so they resist mold and dust mites.
Polyester fiber: Polyester-fiber beads are combined with memory foam to make pillows and mattress pads. Synthetic polyester is anti-microbial and resistant to mold and dust mites.
Cotton: Cotton is a naturally hypoallergenic fiber and is easy to clean. Regular washing and airing helps prevent mold growth, and a few minutes in a hot dryer will kill any dust mites.
Choose bedding made from cleaned feathers. Down feathers that have been washed are less likely to contain allergens. To find down bedding with cleaner filling, watch for the seal of the American Down and Feather Council (ADFC). Down-filled and feather-filled products that meet ADFC cleanliness standards will be less likely to contain allergens that could cause allergy attacks.