What is a hypoallergenic mattress?
11 December 2018
4 min

What is hypoallergenic?

As Google defines hypoallergenic means “relatively unlikely to cause an allergic reaction”. Although the term is not officially regulated, it gives us a sense as to how healthy the product we are buying is.

What are the main causes of allergies in bed?

 

  • Dust mite feces

 

  • Chemicals used in the construction of mattresses which off-gas

 

  • Non-breathable materials

 

Dust mite feces:

Dust mite feces can cause symptoms such as sneezing, itching, watery eyes and wheezing or sometimes even headaches, fatigue, and depression. Dust mites

 

Chemicals:

Man-made foam, as the main material in many cheap mattresses, while breaking down, releases harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the air, irritating allergy and asthma symptoms. Because of its flammability, mattress manufacturers saturate it with flame retardant chemicals that off-gas.

 

Non-breathable materials:

Mold and mildew grow in damp environments. Most cheap mattresses have poor ventilation. The air inside these mattresses is seldom disturbed, providing a safe environment for mold and mildew spores to breathe. Spores getting in your nose may cause irritation.

 

What's the Worst Mattress for Allergy Sufferers?

Coil/spring mattresses are to avoid because of their innerspring system. Dust mite feces and dead skin cells can easily accumulate in the inner cavity of these mattresses.

So what is the Best Mattress for Allergy Sufferers?

Memory foam mattress or natural latex mattresses without coils or springs are good choices.

 

Milam mattress

The Milam mattress is constructed using only hypoallergenic materials. These are GOLS certified organic latex and natural coir wrapped into a GOTS certified organic cotton cover quilted with GOTS certified organic wool. No chemicals are used when producing the mattress and therefore there is no off-gassing. All the materials are extremely breathable and are dust mite resistant.

 

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