The myth that feather and down duvets and pillows can cause allergic reactions has led to a boom in various anti-allergy and synthetic bedding products. But if you test the two types of bedding side by side, this myth can be quickly put to rest.
In the majority of cases, people are actually allergic to the dust mites that live in the bedding, not what the product is made of. Dust mites don’t really have a preference between synthetic or natural products, what they love is damp warm conditions. The scooms pillow and duvet are NOMITE approved, certifying that they are suitable for house dust mite allergy sufferers. Read more about NOMITE anti-allergen acceditation.
Studies have shown that synthetic bedding can harbour more allergens because the casing weaving is often looser, allowing the mites to get in. Synthetics are also less breathable resulting in damper conditions that allow the mites to thrive. Find out more in this article from the Asthma & Allergy Centre.
The most important thing is to make sure that your bedding doesn't create an environment for mites. scooms do this by:
- Having specially tightly woven duvet and pillow cases so the tiny gaps between the cotton fibres are too small for the mites to get in.
- Using specially selected down which is naturally breathable, reducing moisture and damp conditions.
- Air your bed every morning by folding back the duvet as this further reduces any moisture.
- Clean your duvet and pillow according to the care label instructions.
See our article on How to clean and care for your duvet.