If you have eczema you may be more prone to react to the potent dust mite allergen because your skin is not adequately protecting you. So this may in turn cause irritation and itching. Since the dust mites live in mattresses, bedding and soft furnishings, your most prolonged exposure to dust mites is when you are in bed. Making your bedroom a safe allergen free haven may help you not only with eczema but also with asthma and hay fever.

Girl Under Duvet

Why it's important to encase the bedding as well as the mattress

We get many customers coming to us because they have been advised to get a dust mite proof mattress case. This is important but it's only a fraction of the story.  Dust mites live in the pillows and duvet as well as the mattress and you actually have more exposure from your pillow and duvet because your mouth, nose and skin are more likely to be close to them than they are to the mattress. Vacuuming and washing bedding regularly may have some effect but it is certainly time consuming and hard work. We recommend that you encase your mattress, pillow and duvet in dust mite proof barrier cases or that you use a matress barrier case and a dust mite proof pillow and duvet. 

Airing your bedroom out well each day and leaving your duvet pulled back helps to deter the dust mite. Keeping the humidity low is important as dust mites cannot drink but rely on humidity to keep them alive.

There are many dust mite proof products on the market. We do not recommend using treated products as these can offgas chemicals into your sleeping area. Pure cotton barrier cases are our most popular choice - they work because the fabric is so densely woven that dust mites cannot get through. For more information on dust mite allergy and effective products please click here

Allergy sprays are also an important part of dust mite control as they can be used not only in the air to neutralise allergens but also on fabrics and furnishings and also in the laundry.

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