Allergy bedding, also known as barrier bedding, has been around for decades, yet even for most allergy and asthma sufferers, the product is not very well known.

Allergy bedding, also known as barrier bedding, has been around for decades, yet even for most allergy and asthma sufferers, the product is not very well known. As the diagnosis of respiratory allergies and asthma continues to climb, particularly among children, allergy bedding is becoming more widely recognized. This is a critical point in that this type of bedding is a simple yet extremely effective way to control allergic and asthmatic reactions in children and adults.

Most basically, allergy bedding is a specially sewn or manufactured type of fabric that creates a physical barrier between your pillows, mattress and comforters and allergens like dust mites, pollen and pet dander. Unlike sheets or pillow cases, mattress or pillow covers are zippered encasings come completely envelope bedding.

The average mattress doubles in weight over the course of ten years, largely due to the accumulation of dust mites and dust mite waste. Not allowing dust mites to make a home of your pillows and mattress is important in reducing their presence.

Not being exposed to the dust mite allergen (dust mite waste and dead body parts), can help to lessen or eliminate some of the symptoms that allergy and asthma sufferers struggle with on a daily basis. Allergy sufferers often report the reduction or elimination of morning congestion, swollen sinuses, puffiness around the eyes, coughing, wheezing, and even headaches simply by encasing mattresses, pillows and comforters with quality allergy bedding.

There are several types of allergy bedding, the most common being constructed of cotton or polyester. They are tightly woven, and some are heat treated to shrink the microscopic pores between the threads down to a size so small that it is impenetrable by allergens. Other types rely on a urethane lining or other synthetic material to create a breathable but often waterproof barrier.

When looking for allergy bedding, there are a few factors to consider. First, what is the average pore size? Generally speaking, the smaller the pore size, the less likely allergens will be able to pass through and reach your pillow or mattress. What materials are used? Polyester is often the coolest type with cotton being slightly warmer and barrier bedding with urethane or other linings being the warmest of all kinds. What is the manufacturer’s reputation? This is always something worthwhile to consider when purchasing a new product.

Though numerous studies have been completed and published regarding the efficacy of allergy bedding, it has largely remained a little known product. And many of those who have heard of it doubt the ability of something so simple to reduce their allergy symptoms.

Allergists and ENTS have been recommending allergy bedding for quite some time, but it has not been until recently that major health care providers, like HMO’s, have begun to offer an allergy bedding benefit to their health care plans. With major providers finally adopting this benefit, it not only means allergy and asthma relief for millions of Americans, but it also spreads the awareness of the benefits of allergy bedding across a much larger section of the public.

Ultimately, with greater exposure and knowledge about how this simple product can improve overall quality of life, hopefully allergy bedding will soon be a common part of any respiratory allergy or asthma treatment program.

Kurt Hardesty is the author of this article on allergy bedding. Find more information about quality allergy bedding here.

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