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With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?
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Dr. Michael Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Dust mite barrier
Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions.

In brief: Dust mite barrier
Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions.
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Dr. Michael Palumbo
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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Doesn't matter
The composition isn't important.
If you wash your pillows, synthetic fibers are better, because dust mites can't hang on to the fibers as well. But the main thing is to shield yourself from the allergens with a cover. Get a tightly woven cover, not one made of compressed fibers.

In brief: Doesn't matter
The composition isn't important.
If you wash your pillows, synthetic fibers are better, because dust mites can't hang on to the fibers as well. But the main thing is to shield yourself from the allergens with a cover. Get a tightly woven cover, not one made of compressed fibers.
Dr. Gary Steven
Dr. Gary Steven
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Dust mite covers
For dust mite allergy there are covers that are made to be used on pillows, mattress, boxsprings.
Some of these are cheap some are more expensive. Google mission:allergy for some good covers.

In brief: Dust mite covers
For dust mite allergy there are covers that are made to be used on pillows, mattress, boxsprings.
Some of these are cheap some are more expensive. Google mission:allergy for some good covers.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Dr. Andrew Murphy
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Dr. Luis Matos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Dustmite proof both
You can use organic materials if this is your preference.
Keep in mind that the dust mites will live better in natural materials such as cotton and wool. You must use a dust mite proof encasing for the mattress, box spring and pillow. If the cover is sealed with solid surface of latex on the inner surface, you need to be careful the expose fabric is not too thick that it creates a home for them.

In brief: Dustmite proof both
You can use organic materials if this is your preference.
Keep in mind that the dust mites will live better in natural materials such as cotton and wool. You must use a dust mite proof encasing for the mattress, box spring and pillow. If the cover is sealed with solid surface of latex on the inner surface, you need to be careful the expose fabric is not too thick that it creates a home for them.
Dr. Luis Matos
Dr. Luis Matos
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Mattress cover
Great question. A cheaper choice may be just using the mattress cover.

In brief: Mattress cover
Great question. A cheaper choice may be just using the mattress cover.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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