Allergies are one of the hot topics every spring. There are so many, often unexpected, and even more often inconspicuous things that can trigger them. During this sweet season, the number of those triggers increases even more. What happens when spring is over, but your allergy is not? Then you know something else is the cause of your suffering.
Do you know where to look first? Well, your bedroom, more precisely, your bed. Namely, your mattress and pillow can actually be the causes of your allergic reactions as they collect dust particles and dust mites over the years. So think, when was the last time you cleaned or replaced your mattress; imagine what has accumulated during that period, and you’ll see the connection. Now let’s see what can be done about it.
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Change your Bedding Regularly
Ideally, you should change your pillow once every two years, and buy a new mattress every five to eight years. If you don’t remember when you bought it, you should be able to find the date of selling on the mattress tag. If it’s more than eight years ago, it is beyond reparation, in sense there are so many dust mites, dead skin cells and other things that can’t be removed by cleaning. All these things can, if not cause you allergies, then certainly make them worse, so you’ll want to get rid of your old bedding.
Wash your Sheets and Clean your Bedding Regularly
In this case, “regularly” can sometimes mean more often than you might think. When it comes to sheets and pillowcases, they should be washed and replaced at least once a week. Of course, washed on a high temperature and preferably ironed, to get rid of those mites that might have survived the hot water. While the washing is being done, use the opportunity to deeply vacuum the mattress. In this way, by regular maintenance and cleaning, you will minimize the allergens in your bedding and maximize its use duration.
Choose the Right Mattress Material
This is one of the most important items when it comes to minimizing the allergy triggers. So if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you should probably opt for materials which are easier for cleaning and which collect significantly less dust than other types of materials. Latex mattresses are a great option as they are naturally antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, but you need to be careful as a small percentage of people are actually allergic to it.
Not just material, but the structure of the mattress is really important. Namely, the mattresses with inner springs are not exactly recommended for allergic people as they provide space for dust mites, dead skin cells, mildew and other, thanks to their cavities. That’s why a solid core mattress, like the already mentioned latex mattress, is a better option.
Lift the Barrier
There’s one more thing you can do to reduce the risk of allergies or their symptoms, just to be on the safe side. You can choose something that is called “allergy-proof” slipcover, which is thick enough to stop the dust mites from reaching you. You can also find a similar pillowcase. This is something also called “barrier bedding” and can serve as the last line of defense against all those allergens.
Besides protecting you, they also prevent the moisture and mites getting into your bedding. Due to their thickness, however, some people may find them too hot in the summer, but hopefully, the allergies should drop at least a bit at that time.
If you’ve done everything, but the allergy still doesn’t go away, then it’s not your bedding. Our homes are full our allergy sources, such as curtains, carpets and many more, so in that case keep searching until you resolve the problem.