Some people feel sick right after waking up in the morning. Although they have symptoms such as runny nose, rashes, dizziness, and fatigue, doctors may not find anything in their examination. Can your mattress be the cause of your symptoms?
Dust Mite Allergy
Dust mites are microorganisms that feed on dead human skin cells falling on beds, pillows, furniture and carpets. They thrive in high temperature and high humidity, and can grow in numbers especially during the warm months of July to August in the US. Aside from these bugs, dust in your bed and furniture may also contain other allergens such as cockroach waste and mold spores.
Dust mites and other dust particles are responsible for allergy symptoms and asthma attacks in over 200,000 Americans each year. They may cause you to have runny nose, red, watery eyes, constant sneezing, coughing, and skin rashes.
To reduce allergic reactions to dust mites, you must wash your bed and pillow covers regularly with hot water. You can also cover your mattresses with plastic or vinyl to seal in the allergens that make you sick. It is also advisable to keep off pets, stuffed toys and wool blankets when sleeping to reduce dust mites from your bed.
Allergy to Latex Mattresses
Individuals who are allergic to latex may also show signs and symptoms when they use natural latex foam mattresses. While no rubber protein or allergen is found in synthetic latex mattresses, natural latex mattresses contain latex allergens, which can cause sensitization and allergic reactions. Symptoms may be mild, but in some individuals, contact with latex or inhalation of latex particles can cause life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. The best way to prevent these reactions is to avoid using any product that contains natural latex, such as mattresses, gloves, condoms, rubber balloons, toys, and others.
Toxic Chemicals in Mattresses
According to scientists, many new mattresses, including those used in baby cribs, contain toxic chemicals that can make people sick. Doctors and environmental experts warn that these chemicals, including fire retardants, which are being applied to mattresses in accordance to law, can cause skin reactions, hormonal disruptions, and memory problems. Some of these chemicals include boric acid, adhesives, waterproofing chemicals, antibacterials, perfumes, air fresheners, heavy metals, and other compounds. These chemicals have been linked to many conditions such as cancer, birth defects, and other diseases, but more research is needed to prove that their presence in mattresses is a direct cause of such conditions.
Special memory foams such as Tempur-Pedic mattress have been reported to cause some reactions among customers. These mattresses are believed to help reduce back pain and relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia, although some doctors are skeptical about their effectiveness. Some people have also reported reactions after using hypoallergenic mattresses and pillows.
Consumer advocates encourage manufacturing companies to disclose the materials fully and warn customers to increase their awareness of these potential risks when selecting mattresses.
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