rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


No one wants to be beset by coughing, sneezing, breathing difficulties and a feeling of general malaise; although unfortunately nowadays it seems that more and more people every year are being affected by allergies. Although animal-based allergies are very common, the most common at present are allergic reactions caused by dust mites and their droppings. Living inside of our carpets, curtains, furnishings and bedding, these pesky little creatures live off the huge volumes of dust and detritus that human beings and pets create, living in a micro-sized world away from our gaze. How can we combat the machinations of these mini-beasts?


If you’ve got a creaky old spring mattress then chances are you want to upgrade it; go ahead! Coil or spring mattresses are terrible for allergy sufferers (don’t read ahead if you’re squeamish!) because the cavity inside of the unit basically acts as a home for dust mites. Within the springs huge volumes of dead skin and dust mite faeces accumulate, forming a devilish breeding ground for the causes of home allergies. Any mattress with light, loose padding or quilted tops will, unless rigorously washed twice a year, also accumulate allergens.

The best mattress to get to replace your spring-thing has to be a memory foam or latex mattress. With these newfangled inventions there is no space inside of the mattress for detritus to accumulate, helping allergy sufferers massively. Online retailers such as are the place to go if you want a foam mattress; with clearance sales being held perpetually, your health need not break the bank!


Now you may be thinking that, as is the case with mattress choice, your duvet should be crafted from some form of man-made fibre, so as to reduce the ability of dust mites to infest the material. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong in thinking so. Duvets made out of silk, cotton and feathers are far better for allergy sufferers, thanks firstly to the ability of duvets to be washed (this trumps any difference in fibre type) and secondly their ability to be filled with materials that have been treated with anti-bacterial chemicals that are inherently hostile to mites.


When it comes down to picking the best anti-allergy pillow, there are a variety of options available. Firstly, pillows can be easily washed, however to completely eradicate mites the water used for washing must be a balmy 70 Celsius, this restricting one from using many synthetic pillows. Latex pillows are an excellent choice; thanks to being very breathable they rarely harbour moisture, something mites adore. Feather and wool pillows are also great; although wool’s natural hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial properties do put it slightly ahead of down-filled pillows. The best idea is to try out a couple and decide which is most comfortable for you!



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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