Make Your Home More Hypoallergenic.
Swap Out and/or Re-Stuff Bed & Accent Pillows with Wool.
One third of your life, or 229,961 hours, are spent sleeping with your head against a pillow. Around 8% of the U.S. population, or 26 million people (7 million children) are known to have asthma. Seven of this 26 million are children, which is on the increase, and asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization amongst kids. Asthma is a chronic (long term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. With asthma, swollen airways become extra sensitive to certain environmental exposures, or “triggers.” When you breathe in a trigger, your airways create extra mucus and swell even more, making it hard to breathe. Wool is hypo-allergenic, which means that it contains little to no irritating substances to trigger an allergic reaction.
Wool does not host dust mites nor bed bugs, which are on the rise, due to its ability to regulate moisture. Dust mites are microscopic bugs that primarily live on dead skin cells that are regularly shed from humans and their pets, so a wool filled pet bed is a wise investment as well. Dust mites carry diseases but have not yet been linked to the spread of them. Dust mites are known to trigger allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. A single dust mite produces about 20 waste droppings each day, which look like pepper granules to an untrained eye.
Bed bugs are on the rise, and can be present regardless of cleanliness. Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs seek out people and animals at night, while these hosts are asleep, and painlessly sip a few drops of their blood. Repeated exposure will result in mild to intense allergic reactions in the form of skin irritation