Organic Mattresses & Bedding and Allergies
Organic mattresses & bedding can certainly ease your allergy suffering.
Some people have chemical sensitivities or are simply allergic to some chemicals that are in mattresses. Many mattresses include chemicals such as flame-retardants, petroleum-based foams, fungicides and pesticides. These chemicals are concentrated in the surface of a mattress and absorbed through a person’s skin and by breathing in the odor. Chemicals also appear in the glue used to manufacture certain mattresses. Symptoms of chemical sensitivities are similar to those of regular allergies: itchiness, hives, watering or redness of the eyes and sneezing.
Mattress covers and encasings, which enclose the mattress and “lock out” allergens, are a key solution to mattress allergies. For controlling dust mites, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “The single most important method is to put zippered allergen impermeable or plastic covers on all pillows, mattresses and box springs. Encasing mattresses works better than air cleaners to reduce allergy symptoms.”
Natural latex mattresses are manufactured from latex foam. The manufacturers use the open-cell method, in which the protein allergens are washed out of the product several times in order for the allergens to be made harmless. The completed mattresses and pillows are covered with wool and organic cotton so that the sleeping person’s skin never touches the latex directly. In the many years latex mattresses and pillows have been manufactured, neither the manufacturers nor the FDA have received any complaints or reports of anaphylactic shock from a person sleeping on a latex mattress or pillow. However, if you are highly allergic and concerned about buying a latex mattress, you can take a sample of the latex material home with you or to your doctor or allergy specialist for testing before investing in a latex mattress.