It’s Indoor Allergy Week and according to Allergy UK the bedroom is the most allergic room in the house.
Over 75% of those with an indoor allergy suffer in the bedroom with 92% reacting to house dust mites, the most common trigger of indoor allergies.
Not surprising when you find out that the average bed has over 10,000 house dust mites living in it which results in there being over two million allergy inducing droppings – yuck!
That’s why one of the key messages of our ‘Seven Year Hitch’ campaign is to remind you that after 10 years your bed may look okay but may not actually be okay. The bed as the perfect ‘mite environment’ is boosted by the fact that we now only consider replacing our beds once the support or ‘comfort factor’ has gone; whereas in the past mattresses were regularly re-stuffed.
On average we lose 285ml of fluid each night and shed 454grams of dead skin cells a year – which is why asthma-triggering dust mites love our mattresses. In a 2006 peer review report Dr Duncan Bain even said that regular mattress replacement is vital to reduce the prevalence of house dust mites linked to numerous allergic health problems.
If you do suffer with an indoor allergy here’s our top tips for minimising your reaction:
• In the mornings, throw back the bed clothes and leave the bed to air for 20 minutes to allow body moisture to evaporate
• Keep the room well ventilated and have the window slightly open
• Choose an anti-allergy mattress and bedding or enclose the mattress, duvet and pillows with allergy barrier covers which help to prevent the escape of the house dust mite allergen
• Regularly wash your bedding – over a million Britons never wash their duvets and one in ten does not clean under the bed
• Keep pets off your bed – even better, out of your bedroom!
• If your bed is over seven years old, think about replacing it. It may look okay but it may not be giving you the comfort and support you need for a healthy, refreshing night’s sleep. Don’t know if you need a ned bed? Try our Bed MOT.
Do you have indoor allergies? What do you do to combat the symptoms?
*Allergy UK’s Indoor Allergy Week runs from 12th-18th November 2012 and is designed to raise awareness of the impact of allergic reactions to house dust mites, mould and pets.