DUQUESNE, Pa., March 9, 2010 – Nearly 98% of allergists recommend protective bedding as the number-one way to minimize indoor allergy symptoms, according to a recent Braun Research survey, conducted on behalf of Aller-Ease1. In addition to protective bedding, allergists also recommend antihistamines (96%), air conditioning (88%), air purifiers (80%) and diet modifications (26%). Virtually all beds are host to an entire world of invisible allergens. Although most people are unaware of this fact, allergists are all too familiar with the symptoms associated with these unseen bedfellows. That’s why they recommend protective bedding as the first line of defense. “Combating allergy symptoms usually involves a combination of treatments, including allergen protective bedding for those with indoor allergies. Beds can be a hotspot for accumulation of many common indoor allergens such as house dust, dust mites and pet dander,” said Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., Medical Director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. The study also showed eight-in-10 allergists (82%) agree that beds and pillows begin accumulating allergens immediately after purchase2, so covering your mattresses and pillows is important, even if they’re new. “Most patients suffering from indoor allergies don’t realize that their bedrooms may contribute greatly to their ongoing allergy symptoms, so encouraging them to manage their indoor environment is important,” notes Bassett.  
These findings are of particular interest to the more than 60 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies.3 The effects of seasonal allergies, on top of symptoms from common indoor allergies, can make spring exceptionally miserable. Plus, this season may be particularly difficult for allergy sufferers as weather forecasters are predicting that El Nino weather patterns are likely to cause increased plant growth and tree pollens in some parts of the country.4 “While this spring may prove to be one of the worst allergy seasons ever, I like to offer practical solutions that are useful for patients all year round, especially if they suffer from both indoor and seasonal allergies,” says Bassett. “I often suggest trying allergen protective bedding because it blocks microscopic particles, which collect in bedding and invade our ‘breathable’ space.” Allergy sufferers say they like Aller-Ease protective bedding because they filter allergens, yet they’re soft, cool and quiet, allowing them to sleep comfortably and wake feeling refreshed. Dr. Bassett also recommends the following tips to prevent allergen accumulation in the bedroom and around the house:
  1. Encase your mattress, box spring and pillows in highly effective allergen barrier covers, such as Aller-Ease protective bedding products.
  2. Wash bed linens weekly in 130-degree Fahrenheit water.
  3. Consider traveling with your pillow protector to help minimize symptoms in hotels or while on the road.
  4. Minimize dust collecting clutter, such as drapes, rugs and plush toys from the bedroom and other areas of your home.
  5. Place non-washable plush toys in a zip-lock bag and put them in the freezer for 3-5 hours every week to kill off any dust mites.
  6. Air-conditioner filters should be changed frequently during the allergy season.
  7. Use a low cost home hygrometer to help keep humidity below 50 percent, as dust mites thrive in higher humid environments.
  8. Use easy-to-clean hardwood, tile or linoleum flooring instead of carpeting.
  9. If you do have carpeting, use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to reduce airborne dust.
  10. Shampoo hair nightly and change clothes before entering the bedroom to avoid transferring outdoor pollens into your bed.
___________________________________________ 1 Allergist Survey – Braun Research, Nov. 2009 (n=351; +/-5%) 2 Allergist Survey – Braun Research, Nov. 2009 (n=351; +/-5%);