Mitten bedding - How does it work?

Once the heating season begins, can you barely escape from your running nose and sneezing? If you are allergic to house dust, you can sleep much better with a special mite bedding at night. We explain why.

House dust allergy

Anyone who suffers from a house dust allergy, is not allergic to the house dust itself. They are not even allergic directly against the only 0.3mm large mites. The allergic reaction is 95% of the feces of mites, which are found in house dust. Typical reactions include frequent sneezing, swollen mucous membranes, sore throat and asthmatic complaints.

What are mites?

Mites are only 0.3 mm large animals and are a subspecies of the arachnids.
66% of the mites in the household live in bed and especially in the pillow, because they find here optimal living conditions: It is warm and humid and the food falls practically from the sky. They feed on our dander.

Do mites die while washing?

Temperatures around 60° C do not survive mites permanently. However, in a normal wash, the washer is heated to 60 degrees for only about half an hour. That's not enough to kill the mites and their larvae.
If you suffer from mite allergy, you should wash your laundry as long and as hot as possible to get rid of as many mites as possible.

How does anti-mite bedding work?

In mite bedding, fine silver strips are sewn in, creating an electrostatic field that can be uncomfortable and even fatal to mites. Silver also has an antibacterial effect, reducing the presence of bacteria in the bed. However, according to the latest findings, bedding with silver threads should be treated with caution: the precious metal can also damage human cells.
If you do not want to risk the silver strip, you can also buy microfiber sheets. The tissue is so fine (at most 1dtex) that hardly any mites nest here.

Mattress covers against mites

An effective measure against mites in bed is a mite-proof mattress cover, also called Encasing. The covers, which can be obtained online from just € 20, are very dense, so that most mites do not fit through the fabric. This was also confirmed by Öko-Test for most of the covers they tested, but warned of brands that use additional toxins in the covers. (ECO-TEST compact hay fever and allergies, issue of 10 February 2012)

Natural methods against mites

In the drugstore you will find numerous anti-mite remedies that are produced on a natural basis. Tea tree oil is effective against mites as well as a blend of eucalyptus, lavender and citrus oil.

Tips & Tricks

In general, it is advisable to wash your sheets as often as possible and as hot as possible and knock them out every morning. Ideally, this should be done by a person who is not allergic or at least wearing a surgical mask.
The best solution for an allergic person is a waterbed. On the vinyl surface, mites have no hold and are thus only minimally present in the coating.

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