How Allergies can be Impacted by your Mattress

by Ammar Asad September 22, 2021 2 min read

Dust Mite

How Allergies Can be Impacted by your Mattress

 

Statistically, 44% of British adults suffer at least one allergy, if not more. Approximately, 59% of people state their allergy symptoms are much worse in the bedroom.

 

One of the most common triggers for an allergic reaction is dust mites, so we would like to remind you of the importance of frequently cleaning your bedroom and replacing your mattress every 7 to 10 years as per recommendations.

A single Dust Mite

 

Frequently used mattresses can contain between 100,000 to 10 million mites inside of it thus it does not come as a surprise because while sleeping every night, our dead skin cells, body odour, sweat, hair and dust particles accumulate.

 

On the other hand, it would be ideal to air the bed daily and ensure regular cleaning of bedding and dusting for mattresses that are fairly new as this will assist in eliminating conditions under which dust tend to expand.

Changing your bedsheets to fight off allergies 

Washing and changing your bedding regularly will decrease the dispersion of bacteria. Substances such as food can get absorbed too, as well as creams, oils, cosmetics and a general build-up of dirt. Washing at high temperatures can result in the termination of mites and removal of any faeces left behind.

 

Pillows should be replaced every 2 to 3 years and washed at least every 3 months. If you are unable to hot wash them then alternatively you can freeze them for 24 hours to kill any mites off before cold washing.

2 Pillows

It is equally important to ensure your bedroom is well ventilated so simply leaving your window open will tackle this issue as this will allow air in to be circulated.

Window open to ventilate bedroom

 

However, this could be problematic for those who suffer from hay fever but it is worthwhile to take into consideration that allergies as a result of dust are much worse in comparison to pollen-related allergies; so it is crucial to ensure ventilation.

Flower with Pollen flying off which can be an Allergy

 

Here is a list of some useful tips that you should consider:-

  • Use a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter

  • Keep temperatures down and flowers out of the bedroom

  • Refrain from drying clothes on radiators

  • Use bedding that protects against dust mites

  • Maintenance and upkeep of your mattress

  • Vacuum your mattress, underneath and around the bed thoroughly

  • Fit in blinds that can be wiped clean effortlessly

  • Keep any pets out of your bedroom and most definitely off the bed

  • Clean pillows, cushions, soft toys and curtains

  • Wipe surfaces with a clean, damp cloth so allergens don't spread further

Ammar Asad
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