An anti-allergy or hypoallergenic mattress is designed to keep out allergens such as dust mites. Normal mattresses can allow dirt and particles to penetrate the surface, attracting dust mites in the process.
An anti-allergy mattress is tightly sealed to prevent the entry of dust mites and other microscopic elements that are responsible for allergy attacks. These mattresses are manufactured using materials such as plastic, latex and vinyl. People with latex allergy must be careful in purchasing an anti-allergy mattress because the latex material might cause a reaction. To sidestep this problem, many manufacturers are now making hypoallergenic mattresses from memory foam instead of latex.
It is estimated that about a quarter of the population has allergies. Roughly two-thirds of people with allergies are sensitive to dust mites and their droppings. These people would benefit from an anti-allergy mattress.
Regular mattresses are designed in a way that encourages the breeding of dust mites. When the dust mites accumulate on or in a mattress, they literally add weight. This explains why your mattress becomes heavier after many years of use. People who are allergic to mold and mildew also benefit from the properties of anti-allergy mattresses.
These mattresses can be put to good use when you entertain guests in the house. If your guests have allergies, they will be relieved to know that they can sleep with less fear of a reaction. An anti-allergy mattress, however, does not guarantee an allergy-free sleep experience. While the mattress minimizes allergens, other items in the bedroom could still trigger a reaction, such as your pillows, bed sheets, and blankets.
If you try an anti-allergy mattress and bedding and are still having allergic reactions, consider talking to your primary care physician about immunotherapy. Allergy immunotherapy—either through allergy shots or sublingual allergy drops—can help desensitize your body to dust mites and other allergens so you can stop reacting to them once and for all.