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The Prevalence of Allergies in the United States
In the United States, allergies comprise the fifth leading chronic disease for people of all ages. And, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the rank increases to become the third most common chronic disease in the U.S. for children under the age of 18. Common allergies include seasonal, pet, mold, chemical, dust, and more. If you suffer from severe allergies, you know how careful you must be when selecting bedding, carpeting, and even window coverings for your room.
But, did you know that exercising the same caution and care when purchasing mattresses can have a profound impact on your good health in the future? Some mattresses are made with petrochemicals and other materials that wreak havoc on allergies. Just as selecting the best mattress for back pain can help your discomfort, choosing the right mattress can be a real health and sanity saver as a result. So, what can you do to help ensure you’re getting a mattress that’s not going to set your allergies off in a big way?
Skip the Traditional Coil Mattresses
Oddly enough, coil mattresses tend to be the worst offenders when it comes to allergies. The reason is that the coils become collection areas for dead skin cells, dust mites, and mold. These are the reasons mattresses are known to be so much heavier after seven years than they were when first purchased. Pillow top mattresses and those with quilted tops are also attractive to dust mites. Choosing a mattress, such as a 100% natural latex mattress, ensures an environment that is not conducive to dust mites and doesn’t contain harsh petrochemicals.
The Hypoallergenic Choice
The key for an allergy sufferer is to select a mattress that is made with natural, hypoallergenic, and anti-microbial materials. The botanical latex mattress is an excellent choice for people who suffer with allergies. It’s an unattractive environment for mold, mildew, dust mites, and other allergens. And the risks of allergic reactions to the natural latex in a mattress is nearly nil because of its open cell structure, and the extensive washing process (5 times) that eliminates allergy-causing proteins in latex. Additionally, making it redundantly safe, is the fact that the wool fire barrier and the organic cotton cover of the mattress don’t put you in direct contact with the latex. And because it’s natural latex, there is no off gassing as with other chemical-laden mattresses.
Besides all of these wonderful properties of natural latex foam, this mattress offers a very dense core that unlike the open space provided in traditional mattresses, does not provide a place for dust mites and bed bugs to breed and flourish within!
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