bedding-skin problems

Visualize where you sleep and consider you are covered in your bedding for approximately one third of your life. Surprisingly, a closer look at the bedding we snuggle into each night might reveal an infestation of dust mites. Dust mites do trigger outbreaks of eczema. In some cases dust mites and their droppings are noted as the main reason for worsening skin conditions.

Dust mites are invisible and will always exist but wise choices in bed covering can provide safeguards. It is advisable to cover your pillow, mattress and box spring with anti-dust covers. Our skin scales are a source of food for the dust mite. Anti-dust covers prevent skin scales from entering the bedding thereby cutting off dust mite food supply.

Some suggest purchasing pillows and duvets filled with man-made fibers not feathers. The outer covering should be a pure natural fiber. Stay away from synthetic materials that will be close to your skin. Synthetic bedding can make you hot and uncomfortable. Cotton bedding is highly recommended. Silk sheets are noted to be less abrasive and may be more comfortable for eczema sufferers.

Keep in mind:
• Hot-wash pillows and duvets/blankets every 6-8 weeks to help remove mites
• Sheets should be washed weekly

Traveling and hotel bedding need not be a problem for potential eczema flare ups. A cotton duvet cover used as a sleeping bag will protect against possible exposure from unfamiliar linens.