Down Duvets and Allergies

The last place you want to worry about having an allergic reaction is in bed, wrapped up tight in your down duvet. If you have an allergy, you know how important it is to avoid your allergens. We don't want your duvet to make matters worse. Please inform us about any severe allergies and ask us if you need advice on hypo-allergenic products.

Dust Mite Allergy

Many people believe they are allergic to down. The truth is down allergy is very rare. Much more common is a dust mite allergy. Dust mites are microscopic creatures which make their homes in mattresses, duvets and carpets, thriving in temperatures around 25°C. Because of their diet, your bed is an ideal environment for a dust mite.

Duvets and allergy

Are You Allergic?

In the UK, around a quarter of the population suffers from some kind of allergy. A large percentage of these individuals do not realise they have an allergy. Symptoms can be similar to a cold or sinusitis. If you often have a runny nose in the mornings (especially in the winter), have a tendency to sneeze or frequently find yourself with red, watery eyes then there is a chance you have a dust mite allergy.

If you suspect an allergy, your doctor can provide you with a skin or blood test to check. Do not put off visiting your doctor as symptoms such as blocked nose, coughing, asthma or bronchitis can worsen.

Dust Mites and Down

A lot of people who are allergic to dust mites think they are allergic to down. In fact a down allergy is rare. It is however important to choose a duvet with fine ticking. The feather and down tight ticking we provide offer good protection against allergens.

NOMITE Mark

The NOMITE quality assurance mark is a guarantee that the product is hypo-allergenic. Check the NOMITE website for more information about dust allergy.

If you value the guarantee of a quality assurance mark, choose a Bielefelder Verse, Otto Keller or Kauffmann duvet. These brands are NOMITE certified.

How to Keep Dust Mites to a Minimum?

It is important to choose a duvet with fine ticking. Designed to be tight enough to keep in the finest down, ticking with high Ne provides good protection agains allergies.

There are also some things you can do to minimise the presence of dust mites in your home.

Hygiene factors
- Put a tight cover over your mattress
- Air your room and duvets regularly
- Wash your bedding at a minimum of 60 degrees
- Wash stuffed animals at 60 degrees (or put them in the freezer for two days)
- Dust and vacuum regularly
- Buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
- Use a wet cloth for cleaning smooth surfaces
- Change your bedding weekly

Vacuuming is especially good against dust mites

Environmental factors
- Keep the temperature in the house and especially the bedroom below 22 degrees
- Limit cuddly toys in the bedrooms
- Remove plants from the bedrooms (dust mites feed on fungal spores)
- Keep your entire house well-aired
- Keep the kitchen ventilator running for an extra half hour after cooking

Ask Your Doctor

In order to treat allergies, we first need to understand them better. People with an allergy produce higher than average amounts of immunoglobulin and mast cells. These two come into contact with one another, causing the mast cells to breakdown and produce histamine. Histamine causes allergic reactions such as itching.

Your doctor can suggest whether there is a medical solution to fighting your symptoms such as immunotherapy. Immunotherapy involves intentional exposure to an allergen in order to build up immunity to it. This process can take several years.

More common medicines prescribed to fight allergy symptoms include corticosteroids, nasal decongestants or antihistamines.

- Antihistamines block the histamine that causes irritation.

- Corticosteroids or (more commonly) anti-inflammatories are used to suppress the defense mechanisms of the body.

- Nasal decongestants are medications that work to alleviate a blocked nose. They suppress the swelling of the mucous membrane that lines the nose. However, they can have the opposite effect after a time and so are not often prescribed for long-term usage. Your doctor will advise you specifically.


Down Duvet Buyer's Guide

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  1. Duvet size: Which duvet size do I need?
  2. Tog: Choose the right tog
  3. Fill power: What is Fill Power?
  4. Duvet fabric: Good down belongs in a good fabric

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