The number of people across the globe experiencing allergies and asthma, which is commonly triggered by allergies, seems to be growing year on year. In fact, Australia is said to be one of the leading countries in the world for the percentage of the population suffering from these afflictions.
At their mildest, these ailments can be a minor irritation or inconvenience, while at their worst, can be life threatening.
So with such a backdrop, it’s no wonder that Anti Allergy or Allergy Sensitive bedding, as it can also be called, is growing in popularity.
Anti Allergy Bedding Explained
So, what exactly are anti allergy pillows, quilts and bedding, and how do they help in the management of allergies and asthma? Let’s take a close look.
Anti allergy bedding is typically treated with an anti-microbial treatment, which can be man-made or natural (more on that in a minute), that inhibits the growth of mould, bacteria and dust mites.
For allergy and asthma sufferers, the most important of these three things that are inhibited are the dust mites. Now the dust mites themselves aren’t a serious problem for allergy and asthma sufferers, but their faeces is, and it is their faeces that a lot of people are allergic to and it is this allergic reaction that can then trigger an asthma attack.
So by inhibiting the growth of dust mites, anti microbial treatments keep the numbers of dust mites low, and in the process keep the amount of allergy and asthma causing faeces that they generate on our bedding low too.
While most anti-microbial treatments do a great job of inhibiting dust mites to a level where they are less of a problem for allergy and asthma sufferers, or no problem at all, there are a few treatments that can actually kill dust mites altogether, but these treatments aren’t very common.
Natural Anti Allergy Bedding
It was mentioned earlier that there are both man-made and natural anti microbial treatments and while both do an effective and similar job, the natural treatments use plant-based oils to inhibit the growth of dust mites instead of man-made, (unharmful) chemical-based treatments.
Natural anti microbial treatments are relatively new and therefore quite rare (at the time of writing - 2021) but there is one available in Australia called GreenSphere®, which is a plant-based treatment used on a small range of Tontine pillows and quilts featuring the GreenSphere® logo and branding.
What’s most impressive about GreenSphere® is that it is one of the above-mentioned treatments that actually kills, rather than inhibits the growth of dust mites, so effectively offers the best of both worlds; a chemical free anti microbial treatment that kills dust mites.
Sensitive Choice® Approved
To be sure that the anti allergy bedding you choose for you and your family has been clinically proven to do what it says it will do, look for products featuring the Sensitive Choice® logo.
The Sensitive Choice® logo signifies that the product does what it says and meets the meticulous standards set by the National Asthma Council of Australia, an organisation recognised internationally as an expert in asthma and asthma causing allergies.
If anyone in your family sufferers from allergies and asthma, using anti allergy or allergy sensitive bedding (pillows, quilts, pillow protectors, mattress protectors, mattress toppers, sheets and more) in your home is a great idea. Even if you’re lucky enough to not have anyone at home suffering from these afflictions, it may still be a great idea to use them anyway, (and many do), as they help inhibit dangerous mould and odour causing bacteria.
Now that you know what anti allergy bedding does, finding some is easy. Simply look for specially marked Tontine pillows, quilts and bedding, many of them featuring the Sensitive Choice® logo, and some of them featuring the GreenSphere® logo, at your leading national retailer, or at tontine.com.au of course.