Allergy Control Products
There are many companies that offer a variety of products to help control or reduce exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. You can find them by doing an Internet search for “allergy control products,” or asking your allergist for suggestions.
AAFA New England does not endorse any specific suppliers or products.
Be sure to purchase allergy control items from reputable companies who specialize in manufacturing and distributing high quality products.
Be sure to use only products that your physician agrees are safe and appropriate.
Pillow and Mattress Encasings
For people with dust mite allergy, covering pillows, mattresses and box springs with special allergy-proof encasings is one of the most commonly recommended ways to reduce daily contact with dust mite allergen. All pillows and beds used by the person with allergies or asthma, and any other beds or pillows in that person’s sleeping area, should be encased.
These special allergy-proof coverings with tight zippers are available by order from specialized allergy supply companies, as well as from some local pharmarices or medical supply stores. Some health insurance plans will pay for these items. Ask your doctor or clinic for a prescription that covers the numbers of beds or pillows in the patient’s room, and a letter saying they are medically necessary.
Mattress and pillow encasings are now made of soft fabric that is comfortable to sleep on yet provides a barrier against the microscopic allergens. They are available in different sizes and at various price levels. Simple zippered vinyl encasings are less expensive and are effective for box springs.
Put your own regular sheets and pillow cases on top of the special allergy-proof encasings. Wash your bedding (pillow cases, sheets and blankets) in hot water every week to remove the accumulated allergen and kill the dust mites. The encasings should remain zipped closed on the pillows and mattresses, but can be vacuumed to lift off allergens and dust mites that might be on the surface.
Note: It is important to take all recommended steps to avoid your allergens. While pillow and mattress encasing can be helpful, they are only one part of a complete allergen avoidance plan.