There are many common household and environmental particles that can cause common allergies. You may be able to control these allergens through special cleaning techniques of your home, or through medications for allergies caused by the environment. What is not obvious is that your allergies could be caused directly from your mattress–and it may NOT be related to dust mites, but to chemicals. The best mattress for allergies must contain natural materials. Mattresses made of chemicals can be inhaled and affect your respiratory system, or penetrated through your skin.
Mattress Allergy Symptoms and Causes
The most common allergy symptoms experienced from a toxic mattress are skin rashes, skin conditions such as eczema, sore throat, watery eyes, coughing, and difficulty breathing. These allergies are unfortunately directly related to the materials that make-up the common mattress, partly due to the quickness and low cost in production. Many mattresses today are made from petrochemicals due to the fact that the Federal government requires all mattresses to be flame retardant. Within the mattress, Polyurethane foam is used for the overall comfort of the mattress,
which is highly toxic. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and boric acid are the common chemicals used to make a bed flame retardant, and are most prominent in infant and toddler mattresses. These toxins release harmful fumes that cause allergies, which can turn into serious diseases or even death.
Solutions to Mattress Allergies
The best solution to avoid mattress-related allergies is to check what materials your mattress is made of. Look for a mattress that only includes materials that are natural in both production and processing and are not made of (or sprayed with) any chemicals that are foreign to this natural state. The most common natural materials are hypoallergenic, allow air to flow easily through the mattress for ventilation, and prevent mold and fungus from growing on or within the mattress. Some natural mattress are made from organic cotton. Organic cotton is defined by cotton that is grown with no pesticides or harmful, chemical fertilizers. The processing of the cotton is also done without any chemicals added, in order to keep it at its most natural state. Of course, you also need to make sure that the mattress is not then sprayed with chemicals to make it flame retardant (which is very difficult to find in the USA). If you are very sensitive, even to natural materials, Intelli-Gel has been known to cause the least allergic reactions. It is extremely comfortable, and also provides the needed support to your entire body. There are no toxic materials used in the manufacturing of Intelli-Gel mattresses, making them the best mattresses for allergy prevention.