At least a 5th of all people in the UK suffer from some form of allergy. With such a wide variety of cases, being either seasonal or perennial (all-year-round), mild or even extremely deadly! – Common allergies are the result of many causes, such as:
- Grass, tree and plant pollen (allergic rhinitis)
- Animal dander, tiny flakes of skin or hair
- Insect bites/stings
What is an allergy?
Simply put, an allergy is when the body reacts to certain substances it believes to be harmful. These substances which cause an allergic reaction are known better as, allergens. An allergic reaction is when the body responds to the allergens by producing antibodies in the bloodstream. The job of the antibody is to locate the harmful allergens in an attempt to destroy them with master/white blood cells. During this process, the body releases the chemical, histamine, which can cause a variety of physical reactions. These reactions give clear indications for allergy symptoms.
Symptoms for Common Allergies
The most common symptoms for allergies, such as, dust-mite, hay-fever and allergy-induced asthma include:
- Watery eyes
Another potential downside allergies pose is that they can also cause inflammation within the body. This affects the joints and muscles with aches and pains, but more alarmingly, allergy-inflammation can also negatively affect the brain!
Solving the issue by trying to get to the root of the problem can prove difficult, seeing as so many allergies share these common symptoms, it becomes a challenge to identify which one is specifically the culprit.
Where you sleep is a good place to start. Allergies are just as prominent inside the house, particularly the bedroom. In fact, 59% of indoor allergy sufferers claim that their symptoms are often found worse in the bedroom. This is most likely a direct cause of the dust-mite.
A most unwanted and unwelcome guest, both in presence and reputation, the dust-mite, unfortunately, remains a household name when it comes to allergies. Relentless and invisible, this minuscule creature no bigger than a .3 of a millimetre, is prominent on every single continent across the world except Antarctica. Technically it is not the dust-mite itself, but the protein from its waste (faeces/corpse) which causes the allergy manifest.
The tiny pest has a huge effect and simply thrives inside a warm house, with mattresses contributing the ideal breeding ground for the critter to multiply. This is no surprise, when the average human-being sheds around half-a-pound of skin a year! – before mentioning how we produce a half-pint of moisture in bed every night. All this moisture, food and warmth provide the perfect conditions for the dust-mite to flourish. Furthermore, if the house stays warm enough, there’s no reason why a dust-mite cannot survive all year round. Any used mattress can range from having 100,000 to 10 million dust-mites living inside it.
Therefore, if you suffer from what you thought was just hay-fever or asthma, it may actually be the remains of the million or so dust-mites inside your mattress, because all these allergies share identical symptoms. In which case, you should look to replace your current mattress with a superior anti-allergy substitute.
What’s the Best Anti-Allergy Mattress to Combat Allergies?
Firstly and foremost, the mattress you’re looking for should be described as being either hypoallergenic, anti-allergy or non-allergenic.
Secondly, foam mattresses are substantially more beneficial in this quest, as their solid core structure means they are impenetrable to the dust-mite, while counteracting the build-up of mould and bacteria. There are different forms of foam mattresses available on the market, such as latex, memory foam, gel foam and reflex foam. As well as a hypoallergenic filling, anti-allergy mattresses can be treated with substances such as Purotex, Adaptive and Freshe, which combat dust-mite infiltration.
The healthiest choice would be an all-natural hypoallergenic mattress, such as an organic latex mattress. With its potential of being an all-natural hypoallergenic, Latex is also an extremely breathable material due to its natural open-cell structure. This means that the ventilation will fight mould and bacteria, while also not causing you to overheat during the night, with the mattress staying cool at all times, even at the height of summer.
An organic latex mattress preserves its 100 percent natural quality in containing no artificial or unnatural chemicals. These toxins have been known to release fumes into the air whilst sleeping, which can cause similar effects to dust-mite or hay-fever, in headaches, runny nose/eyes, itchiness, coughing etc.
An important note to take is that despite latex being a completely natural material (rubber tree sap), the majority of latex mattresses on the market are actually made with synthetic latex foam. What makes the foam synthetic is that it is mixed with chemicals and toxins, such as petrol and glues. The ideal foam mattress therefore will only contain 100% natural latex.
A gold-standard organic latex foam mattress is the superior natural latex mattress, as the organic standards are maintained throughout its manufacturing, meaning the mattress is the best equipped, all-natural latex hypoallergenic, whilst also being the healthiest, most sustainable and unrivalled eco-friendly mattress on the market.
UNA 100% Natural Organic Anti-Allergy Mattresses
Una is a superb example of gold-standard organic, anti-allergy mattress manufacturing, in providing a mattress completely toxic-free, all-natural, sustainable, eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.
With customisable comfort, Una supply a 100% asthma friendly mattress, constructed with organic latex foam and encased with an organic cotton and wool cover. In having a zero tolerance to unnatural interference, this mattress is perfect for allergy sufferers as it guarantees no trace of toxins in the materials.
A positive choice to lead a healthier, more natural and sustainable lifestyle, can be realised in the place you sleep every night. Another addition on-top of the mattress to enhance natural, healthier, sustainable and hypoallergenic standards, would be the investment in a hypoallergenic pillow to match. An organic, hypoallergenic pillow will not only guarantee completely natural comfort and support, but will help counteract dust-mite, asthma and other potential allergies.
Check out our range of organic mattresses today, for a perfect sleep every night!