This is a common question which we are asked fairly frequently in regards to people who unfortunately suffer from Asthma as to what sort of mattress is suitable for them. This is a condition which actually affects the airways; when a person comes into contact with something which irritates their airways then their muscles tighten within the walls and the airway becomes narrower making it difficult to breathe – Asthma.
In reality almost all beds will at some point attract the attention of house dust mites and these are tiny organisms whose droppings are highly allergenic which will affect those who suffer from Asthma. The way to ensure that this doesn’t become a major problem is through regular cleaning and airing your mattress as well as using protective covers.
Using protective covers can really help to minimise the effect that the dust mites droppings have. There are some manufacturers who are using what is known in the industry as anti-dust mite mattresses when in reality all these are is a mattress where the fabric used has been treated using various chemicals.
Although these anti-dust mite mattresses may seem like a good idea if you are someone who suffers from asthma if you suffer from other allergies you should ensure that you carefully check the label to see what has been used, the construction and the materials used. This will ensure that there is nothing else in the mattress which will affect you.
Manufacturers will be able to provide you with a full comprehensive list for each mattress of what materials, construction and chemicals if any have been used so make sure that if you are an asthma sufferer you take a look at these.
Ideally an asthma sufferer has many options available in regards to their mattress and bedding:
1. Select a dust resistant mattress which is dense; an ideal option is a memory foam mattress or a latex mattress because they have dense padding they are less likely to attract, collate and store dust. If they are less likely to attract, collect and then store the dust then the user of the mattress isn’t going to be as strongly affected as there won’t be any dust present.
2. Purchase an anti-allergen mattress protector, this is an ideal option for an asthma sufferer who is quite happy with their mattress but wants protection. A cover is idea for this and when you go shopping for one ensures that is highly recommended for those with dust allergies or those which are labelled for someone who is highly sensitive.
3. Although this may well seem pretty self explanatory you should always wash your bedding hot water. For someone who suffers from a number of allergies and asthma then you should wash bedding once a week but the pillows, quilt, dust cover, blankets etc only need to be washed say every one to two months. In washing them in hot water you actually sterilise the bedding and remove the dust mites. A common mistake often made is to try and wash them at really hot temperatures and unfortunately some items cannot be washed past a certain temperature so do make sure you check their individual labels!