Our sleep environment is often a leading cause of allergies because of our incorrect bedding choices. These bedding choices create a microclimate where dust mites and other allergens thrive.
Allergies are common all year round and are mostly related to dust, but allergies increase with springtime's airborne pollen. Our lifestyle choices promote allergies, and even the best hypoallergenic bedding cannot eradicate the actual cause.
To reduce or limit allergies, especially airborne allergies, hypoallergenic bedding works but lifestyle changes are just as essential to complement good bedding choices that will result in better quality sleep.
The word hypoallergenic is often used as a marketing strategy, and consumers are none the wiser as they bounce from one hypoallergenic product to the next, hoping that something will finally work to alleviate their symptoms.
We look at the root causes of allergies and give an overview of what bedding is more hypoallergenic than the other.
House dust mites (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus). Dust mite faecal pellets that can be small as µm 10 (0.01 mm),but can be prevented with anti-mite fabrics of a denser pore size.
Allergic reactions can be mild or severe depending on the type of allergen. A reaction to dust or pollen could be mild, while a bee sting could be life-threatening.
Our immune system responds to foreign substances that enter the body, and antibodies are created to neutralize the supposed threat. In many allergy cases, the "foreign substance" is generally harmless, and that's why only some people develop allergies to things most of us are exposed to.
Flaking skin is common among all people. Dust mites found in our beds feed off dead skin cells that we continuously shed (it's gross to think about but it's a fact of life ).
Pets in our homes and on our beds can also be a cause of allergies. Pet dander is not pet hairs but rather dried flaking skin cells. Pet hair simply acts as a transportation for the dander.
Pet dander is microscopically small and lingers in the air for a long while before it settles. Interestingly, babies born into homes with pets tend not to suffer from allergies as much as older children and adults who are first exposed to pets later in life.
She may be cute but family pets are responsible for a great deal of allergies in the home due to the microscopic skin and hair shedding
Our living spaces inevitably create the ideal thriving climate for dust mites and other allergens. Humidity and heat with an abundant food supply create colonies in no time at all. No matter what we do, it is extremely difficult to rid ourselves of the bedrock of allergies.
Hypoallergenic simply means there will be a less than normal allergic reaction to a specific product or that the product will reduce possible allergens in the immediate vicinity.
The term hypoallergenic was coined by an Austrian scientist and pediatrician named Clemens von Pirquet.
The prefix "hypo" suggests that a reaction will be below average, which indicates some benefit, but it will not eliminate what would otherwise cause a reaction. To date, no legislation compels manufacturers to prove their products are indeed hypoallergenic, and as a result, the term is used rather carelessly by companies to gin up marketing campaigns.
The sad reality is that there are hypoallergenic bedding products out there, but disreputable companies have diminished the credibility of these hypoallergenic products.
The best way to determine the authenticity of hypoallergenic properties of products is to equip yourself with knowledge of what is actually on offer.
Different fabric types may sport "hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial" on their labels, and each will have different degrees of resistance to these menaces that aggravate our sinus passage and skin. Here is a basic rundown on some of the more common fabrics used for bedding:
The Thula Tula blanket is woven as it has been for over century of the finest South African naturally hypoallergenic Merino wool and high grade European super soft microfiber. The mix is the perfect combination to make a soft non scratch yet hypoallergenic blanket.
From what has been discussed so far, we can conclude that the term hypoallergenic can be related to the ability of a fabric to prevent the onset of allergic reactions through its ability to restrict or limit skin and respiratory irritation. Included in this is the ability of the fabric to shield against dust mites and pet dander.
Keep your skin free of irritation by finding what environmental issues are causing the problem.
The label on your bedding items states "hypoallergenic", and whether it's bed sheets, pillows, pillowcases, duvets, comforters, or blankets, you still need to work on maintaining a hypoallergenic home environment.
Cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, rotating, dehumidifying, and general home upkeep are all essential to reducing and controlling the allergens in your home. It is a never-ending task that deserves serious attention on an ongoing basis. Create a hygiene standard in your home and maintain it.
Persisting allergic reactions cannot entirely be blamed on a "faulty" hypoallergenic product, even if there are recorded cases of false advertising by unscrupulous companies.
Yes, it is beneficial to look at hypoallergenic bedding to ease the plight of allergy sufferers. Blankets made from natural plants like cotton and bamboo and animal products like wool and silk are by far the better option to consider.
Using a mattress protector guards your mattress against liquid spills or bedwetting accidents, but it also serves as a barrier to prevent sweat from soaking into the mattress. Latex mattress protectors contribute greatly to creating a barrier between you and your mattress that prevents exposure to allergens embedded in the mattress.
Blankets, like sheets and pillowcases, are easy to keep clean. Regularly washing and airing your bedding is a good habit to adopt. Wool blankets being self-cleaning may just need airing most of the time as the wind will blow away any dust, dander, and dry skin cells that have settled in the blanket.
There are so many ways to turn your home into a hypoallergenic environment. The quick-fix solution of simply purchasing products with hypoallergenic printed on the label needs to be backed up by good housekeeping if fighting allergies is your primary reason for the investment.
A bit of credible research will go a long way in helping you to make informed decisions on how to approach the hypoallergenic question in your life.
This article looked at the term hypoallergenic about bedding, and yes, we did touch on housekeeping ever so slightly. No apologies, but it is stating the obvious, which is a no-brainer.
Sadly, there is a lot of hype surrounding the term hypoallergenic, and unknowing consumers are left worse off through false advertising. But is it false advertising when there isn't even a standard established to determine what can be considered hypoallergenic and what can't?
Look to nature and get a basic understanding of biomimicry to see how rewarding it is to be able to use natural products to enhance the quality of life. Develop a hypoallergenic approach to life and think about the true benefits of blanket fabrics, both natural and synthetic.
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