Having hypoallergenic covers or pillows may help reduce or prevent an allergic reaction to dust mites and pets. Hypoallergenic covers or pillows often have variable pore sizes that can block dust mites and pet allergens.
Some people with eczema experience overheating and sweating as triggers for eczema flare-ups. Using bedding made of silk, bamboo viscose, cotton, or other fabrics can help people regulate their body temperature and may help prevent flare-ups, according to the National Eczema Society.
However, they note that fabrics that work well for some people may not work well for others.
They recommend washing bedding twice per week and pillows and duvets every 4–6 weeks at 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) and tumbling dry on a hot temperature setting to help remove dust mite droppings.
They also recommend vacuuming the mattress every time a person removes their sheets to wash them.
Dust mite allergy
Dust mite allergy, which some people may know as a house dust allergy, is an allergic reaction to dust mites that live in household dust.
Dust mites are the main cause of indoor allergens. Having an allergy to dust mites produces symptoms such as:
People with a dust mite allergy usually develop it during childhood or adolescence, generally experiencing symptoms before they are 20 years old.
The fecal matter of the dust mites is a common trigger. These particles are around the size of a pollen grain, and people can easily inhale them by accident. Dust mites tend to live in bedding, carpets, and soft furnishings that trap moisture and allow dust mites to breed.
Pets are another common source of allergens.
The following sections list four hypoallergenic pillow options people with allergies may be interested in trying.
Please note that the writer of this article has not tried these products. All information presented is purely research-based.
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-Symphony Pillow
Tempur-Pedic have CertiPUR-US certification, which means that their foam does not contain harmful chemicals.
The company minimize their energy consumption and waste and have received certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The company have won many awards, including:
- Space Technology Hall of Fame in 1998
- #1 in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power in 2017, 2019, and 2020
- Best mattress of 2020 in the Popular Mechanics Home Awards
The TEMPUR-Symphony Pillow has a gently arched side that provides additional support for the head and neck, which the company state is suitable for back sleepers.
The other side has a flatter, more traditional shape that may be more useful for side or stomach sleepers, according to the company.
This pillow has a soft feel and comes with a removable and washable cover. This cover is 100% polyester knit hypoallergenic, which may help prevent people from having an allergic reaction to dust mites and pets.
The company offer a 5-year limited warranty. However, they do not accept returns on pillows, because they classify them as a personal item.
Snuggle-Pedic Original Bamboo Pillow
Snuggle-Pedic are a mattress company that design, manufacture, and produce mattresses in Southern California using materials sourced from the United States. They say they have more than 18 years of experience.
They also offer a local customer service department located in Agoura Hills, CA.
The company use a combination of Biogreen foam and CertiPUR-US-certified foam that is low in volatile organic compound emissions. Their foam and coverings are inherently hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant.
The Original Bamboo Pillow contains shredded foam, which the company claim gives the same support as high density memory foam and contains hypoallergenic down alternative fiber that does not go flat.
The foam the company use has a smooth texture that avoids the lumps and bumps some other shredded memory foam pillows can have.
This pillow self-adjusts for side, back, and stomach sleeping. The company offer a 120-night sleep trial with free returns and customizations. Additionally, each pillow comes with a 20-year warranty.
This product comes in standard, queen, and king sizes.
Parachute Home Down Alternative Pillow
Parachute Home have been manufacturing home goods since 2014. They say they design each of their products with a clean, modern aesthetic, prioritizing quality and versatility to ensure people find a style that suits them.
The company have OEKO-TEX certification, which means that they make their products without any harmful chemicals or synthetics.
Parachute Home also partner with the United Nations Nothing But Nets campaign, which sends malaria prevention bed nets to those at risk of malaria.
The pillow contains 100% hypoallergenic microfiber fill, has a 100% sateen cotton shell, and has a double-stitched piping seam that reinforces the sides of the pillow.
The company claim this pillow provides the support and softness of down without the risk of having an allergic reaction to dust mites.
The pillow is available in three densities: soft, medium, and firm. The company recommend that stomach sleepers buy the soft pillow, back sleepers — the medium pillow, and side sleepers — the firm one, in order to properly support spinal alignment.
This product, which has a 3-year warranty, comes in two sizes: standard and king.
Coop Home Goods Original Pillow
Coop Home Goods use memory foam fill that both GREENGUARD Gold and CertiPUR-US have certified as safe for children and adults.
This means that the foam the company use does not contain any chemicals that could prevent a healthier, more comfortable sleep.
This company manufacture pillows that maximize airflow to help prevent people from overheating during the night. Also, each pillow comes with a hypoallergenic case that protects against dust mites and other allergens.
The company offer a 100-night sleep trial and free shipping in the U.S.
The company state that this pillow has a firm feel and is best for back and side sleepers, those who toss and turn during the night, and those who snore.
However, this pillow is adjustable, which means that people can add or remove the medium-firm density fill to suit their preferences. The company include a 0.5-pound (0.23-kg) bag of foam fill with every purchase.
Each pillow has a polyester and bamboo-derived viscose rayon cover that promotes airflow during the night.
Coop Home Goods make their pillows in the U.S. and claim their manufacturing process is cruelty-free. Each pillow comes with a 5-year warranty.
This product is available in two sizes: queen and king.