The Dirty Truth About Allergies

The Dirty Truth About Allergies

There are 3 comments on the NBC 10 Philadelphia story from Jun 20, 2008, titled The Dirty Truth About Allergies. In it, NBC 10 Philadelphia reports that:

There may be no place like home, but for more than 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies , there's no place for allergens in the home.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at NBC 10 Philadelphia.

The Bed Med

Sioux Falls, SD

#1 Jun 25, 2008
No matter how clean the home, all mattresses are prone to the same problem. When we sleep, we produce up to half a liter of sweat every night & shed about a gram of skin each day and although we wear night clothes, which we wash regularly, together with our bed linen, this is no protection against what happens to the mattress.
Very quickly the mattress will become host to a multitude of horrors, from bacteria to fungal spores and microscopic house dust mites which feed off dead flakes of skin. Is it any wonder that without cleaning a mattress, it could be the dirtiest item in your home? It is estimated that there are up to 2 million house dust mites living in a mattress and in an average pillow, 10% of its weight is made up of dead skin and dust mites.
House dust mites find a mattress the perfect breeding ground. With warmth and moisture and no natural enemies, they will establish in a mattress within several months and it is their droppings which cause most problems. These have been medically proven to trigger a whole host of allergic reactions, from Asthma, Eczema and Bronchitis, to Itchy Eyes and Sneezing.
Even protective bedding sheets may be largely ineffective in reducing problems like asthma, when they are the only measure taken to combat an allergy (source: New England Journal of Medicine).
The idea of mattress cleaning isn't a new one. In other European countries and the United States, it has been performed for years. It's chemical-free, dry and all performed on site using specially designed state of the art equipment.
The current view of many experts is that dust mites are impossible to totally remove. This is true, it would be very expensive and almost impossible, but by knowing a little about them it is very feasible to make a dramatic impact on them and improve your dust mite allergy.
Therefore, if a combination of measures are undertaken, then the likelihood of some one's dust mite allergy improving will increase drastically.
Most suggestions will be to remove carpets and replace with hardwood floor, buy a good protective mattress cover, wash at 130+ degrees and clean regularly. However, while this may help, this is not the right answer for everybody and that is why when we come to you to clean your mattress, we can help in many other ways as well. Check out our site for more health benefits at

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#3 Oct 30, 2010
Wow, this I did not know. Sounds really disgusting!
dr fungus says

Canberra, Australia

#4 Aug 25, 2011
oh yes worship science and live in the bubble how on earth did cave man survive without all this academic jargon allergy does not exist it is academic invention or religion for what they dont know or understand an interim diagnosis untill medical profession wakes up to candida or yeast infection true culprit but there is no money when one sticks to that diet allmost whole western population i candidal without even knowing it and thats what creates low imune response despite elevated white blood cells every time one spits that white sticky stuff spits a lot of dead soldiers who are also sick to death from modern man diet then medical proffesion says your imune system is atacking you how could they when they die them selfs from candidal food wake up medical proffesion you wont get away with it like church did for milleniums this time internet is after you thanks good for holy web

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