How does a latex bed affect your allergy?

Latex Allergy Facts


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Worried about a latex allergy?

The truth is, latex is a touch-allergy and you can't suddenly get it from being near latex. If you're allergic to latex, it's from birth, (though it may not become apparent until exposure). A latex mattress won't affect an allergy because our mattresses are wrapped in wool and then sealed in a protective outer layer of cotton ticking.

Latex has a unique ventilating system that makes it a breathable, allergen-free, moisture-reduced sleeping environment. The unique open-cell structure of natural latex allows moist air to pass through naturally and dissipate quickly. In fact, it's 300% more resistant to dust mites than any other foam, making it the ideal choice for allergy sufferers.

Latex Allergies

A very small percentage of people are allergic to latex. Usually they work around latex and directly handle it, such as health workers who developed an allergy to surgical latex gloves. 
If you don't have a diagnosed allergy to latex, you shouldn't worry about it. In fact, natural latex usually eases a lot of other more common allergy problems which are due to mold, mildew and house dust mites.  Natural Talalay latex is inherently hypoallergenic, bactericidal, antifungal, and does not harbor dust mites.
You will be able to breathe easier with latex mattresses and pillows.
There are two types of latex allergies and both are caused by years of direct, daily contact exposure to latex and/or additives. Type IV can be diagnosed with a tape test and type I with an injection test.

TYPE I latex allergy

Type I is an allergic reaction to the proteins in natural latex or latex-like products. Those proteins can be found in natural latex or tropical fruits like kiwi, banana, avocado, papaya, mango etc.
Sensitized people will react within several minutes or hours after airborne latex particles have been in contact with the mucous membranes of nose, eyes or lungs. Typical symptoms are sneezing, runny or itchy nose, throat restriction, tears, itchy or red eyes, shortness of breath, coughing, itchy blisters and in severe cases, anaphylaxis. Once a person is sensitized, they may also react to skin contact with latex. 
The number of latex proteins found in latex foam is minimal compared to latex gloves. Latex as a mattress component never directly contacts the skin and particles are unlikely to get airborne.
Antibodies indicating a Type I latex allergy are found within about 1% of the overall population but within about 1 out of 6 healthcare employees. 

TYPE IV latex allergy

Like Type I, the type IV latex allergy also mainly stems from exposure to latex products in the medical industry. Other than a reaction to latex proteins, however, people got sensitized to the powder and/ or chemical additives used in the production process of latex gloves. 
Once sensitized, the symptoms appear mostly hours to days after having been in direct skin contact with latex. Symptoms of the type IV allergy can be red skin, itching, sores and blisters or swollen eyes, lips or hands. Since the medical industry has improved the quality or found alternative ways of making gloves, the risk of sensitization is much reduced nowadays.

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