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Can I be allergic to my pillow?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, you can be allergic to your pillow. Some people are allergic to feather and down fills, however you may have an allergy to the allergens that have built up in your pillow over time. Allergens such as pollen and dust mites may build-up in your pillow and trigger mild allergies such as asthma or eczema.

How can a natural pillow help prevent allergies?

Natural fill pillows such as pillows filled with wool or silk are naturally hypoallergenic. This means allergens are less likely to build-up in your pillow, which in turn helps reduce your chances of suffering from night-time allergies.

How to wash pillows

Keeping your pillow clean will help reduce the allergen build-up in your pillow. Wash your pillow regularly, and make sure you follow the care instructions carefully. Our pillow care guide has all the information you need to help keep your pillow at its best. Remember, using a pillow protector is an easy way to keep your pillow clean and reduce the chances of allergens building up inside it.

Anti Allergy Pillows FAQs

What's the best pillow for allergy sufferers?

The best pillows for allergy sufferers are those which are labelled as anti allergy pillows or are naturally hypoallergenic. Natural fill pillows such as pillows filled with wool or silk are naturally hypoallergenic which means allergens are less likely to build-up in your pillow. Many anti allergy pillows are made with synthetic fill and can be machine washed to remove allergens. Even the best hypoallergenic pillows will work best if you use a pillow protector to prevent allergens from building up inside the pillow. It is possible to get anti allergy feather pillows - the highest quality feather and down pillows will be washed thoroughly, making them exceptionally clean and therefore, allergy-friendly.

How do I know if I'm allergic to my pillow?

If you are worried that you have a pillow allergy, you may notice the following symptoms in the morning or at night:
- watery eyes
- congestion
- sore throat
- sneezing.
If your pillow is to blame, you will notice that these symptoms fade as the day goes on.
There is a chance that these symptoms might not be due to a pillow allergy. It could also be due to your mattress, duvet or even the dust around your bed. However, you can wash your pillow (and duvet) to remove allergens. If your pillow is more than two years old, you should replace it - consider buying an anti-allergy pillow or hypoallergenic pillow instead.

How often should you wash your pillows if you have allergies?

We recommend washing pillows every six months to keep them clean and preventing allergens from building up - make sure you follow the care instructions carefully. However, if you have allergies, you may feel that it's appropriate to wash your pillow more frequently. If you use a quality pillow protector, you will find you need to wash your pillow less often. Instead, you can wash your pillow protector whenever you clean your bedding and this will protect your pillow from allergens building up inside your pillow. Choosing hypoallergenic pillows will also help reduce the frequency with which you need to wash your pillow.

What are the benefits of anti allergy pillows?

Anti allergy pillows are designed to be safer and healthier for allergy sufferers. They do this in at least of the following ways:
- Using a naturally hypoallergenic fill such as wool or silk to repel many of the bacteria which cause allergens. 
- Using a synthetic fill which has been treated with antibacterial treatment to prevent allergens from building up.
- Having a dense case which allergens cannot penetrate easily
- Being easy to wash and dry regularly - this helps prevent allergens from building up.
Naturally hypoallergenic pillows tend to be more expensive but are considered to be more comfortable by many people. Synthetic pillows are often more affordable but may be less durable than those with a natural fill. 

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