Avoid Allergies With Dust-Mite-Proof Microfiber Bedding and Breathe Easier

Updated on July 12, 2017
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Microfiber encasings help avoid allergy problems caused by dust mites that live in mattresses and pillows. I bought a set for my bed and pillows. Here's my story.

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Microfiber bed and pillow encasings are helpful to avoid allergic reactions to dust mites that find heir way into your mattress and pillows.

These specially designed linens are impervious to these microscopic insects. Dust mites should not be confused with bed bugs that are bigger and cause other problems.

Good quality microfiber sheets and pillow cases block the dust mites and they eventually die. Therefore successful allergy avoidance is achieved. And comfort can still be maintained with the right brand.

I'll give you a quick rundown on dust mite allergies. And then I'll explain how to know a good quality microfiber that's comfortable and useful, as well as where to find them.

How do dust mites affect us?

Not all people have problems with dust mite allergies. They are actually harmless, but some people have an allergic reaction to them.

When exposed to dust mites, or to any allergen, an antibody called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is created by the body. Some people have an overproduction of IgE that can cause allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, or a breakout of rashes. [1]

Where do dust mites live?

Dust mites tend to live in mattresses, pillows, and even the box springs of your bed.

They are always there. Humans, and all animals, continually shed flakes of skin cells. The dust mites feed on these skin cells found in the bedding.

A small number of dust mites may not affect most people, but anyone who is allergic to them should keep the mite population down by encasing the mattress, box spring, and pillows with special covers.

This is a greatly magnified image of a North American House Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides farinae).
This is a greatly magnified image of a North American House Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides farinae). | Source

How to stop dust mites?

You need to encase all parts of the bed where dust mites might live.

Microfiber bedding and linens can be used to completely encase all parts of your bedding so that dust mites can't find their way into these areas. Or if they are already in there, they will die since they can't get any more food – your flaked off dead skin cells.

The pillows can be covered with a microfiber pillow encasing and the mattress can be completely sealed off with a microfiber fitted mattress encasing. It's also helpful to encase the boxspring. There is a microfiber product for that, too.

If you use a mattress pad, you can put that over the mattress encasing. Or get a microfiber mattress pad for encasing the mattress.

Where To Find Various Brands of Microfiber Sheets

You can buy various brands of microfiber sheets at JC Penny, Walmart, Sears and Target. You can also buy them online from Amazon.

Various brands are:

  • Luna
  • Allersoft
  • SafeRest
  • Pacific Coast AllerRest
  • Sleep Defense System
  • Mission Allergy

The Best Brand Microfiber for Dust Mite Allergy Relief

My sister told me about her experience with trying various brands that were either uncomfortable to sleep on or just didn't work.

Having a terrible allergy problem, she finally tried Mission Allergy brand mattress and pillow encasings. She had no more problems after that.

Many times I had a stuffy nose when I was in bed, so I decided to try it too. I started by using just a pillow casing from Mission Allergy to check out how well it works.

My stuffy nose stopped happening. It definitely resolved my allergy problems. No more stuffy nose.

The pillow casing I'm using is from "Mission Allergy"

Dust Mite- and Allergen-Proof Pillow Encasing; "Premium Microfiber" (Standard Size)
Dust Mite- and Allergen-Proof Pillow Encasing; "Premium Microfiber" (Standard Size)

I use "Mission Allergy" pillow encasing for all my pillows. This is the one my sister recommended and I'm glad I listened to her. I put my regular pillow case right over it. The microfiber encasing blocks off any entry or exit of mites.

 

Mattress Encasing

Most shredded skin flakes make their way into the mattress through regular bed sheets. Encasing the entire mattress is the only way to put a stop to the mites.

A quilted mattress pad may be used in place of a mattress encasing. It's constructed like a fitted sheet.

When I found out how much better I slept with the Mission Allergy pillow encasing, I ordered their mattress pad, too.

Quilted Mattress Pad
Quilted Mattress Pad | Source

Boxspring Encasing

I have a platform bed as you see in the above image, but if you have your mattress over a boxspring, then consider encasing that, too.

In order to have a complete barrier, it's important to cover the pillows, the mattress and the box spring for a complete solution to avoiding allergies from dust mites.

Mission Allergy makes a boxspring encasing that’s 9 inches deep, so it will fit the latest style boxsprings.

Pillow Encasing Sizes

Size
Dimensions
Travel Size
12" x 18"
Standard
20" x 27"
Queen
20" x 31"
King
20" x 38"
Euro Square
26" x 26"
Body Pillow
20" x 60"

Mattress Encasing Sizes

Size
Dimensions
Twin
39" x 75"
Long-Twin
39" x 80"
Full
54" x 75"
Queen
60" x 80"
King
78" x 80"
California King
72" x 84"

Why Mission Allergy is So Effective

If the weave isn't tight enough, mites will get through. Mission Allergy sells 100% woven polyester microfiber with a mean pore size of 2 microns. Small enough to block dust mites.

Since it is air-permeable it is completely comfortable to sleep on. Fabrics made with membranes get hot and sweaty. The tightly woven fabric does not allow new dust mites to colonize on the service [2].

New dust mites may colonize on non-woven microfiber fabric or on terry cloth type microfiber. Mission Allergy brand linens avoid those problems.

All seams are bound with a seam binding. Zippers have an interior flap to prevent mites already in there from escaping. They will eventually die.

Research on Dust Mite Allergen Avoidance

I never even realized that I had dust mites until I noticed how much better I felt once I covered everything with Mission Allergy encasings.

Due to my surprising relief, I decided to do some research to understand it better. I found out that everyone has dust mites. I even read somewhere that a two-year-old pillow can be 10% full of dead dust mites and their feces.

Mission Allergy actually does research studies on dust mite and allergen avoidance. They will not sell anything that does not pass stringent testing. In an article entitled "How healthy is your bedroom?" which appears in the March 9, 2011, issue of Health Magazine, Dr. Fost recommends it, too.

References

[1] John Yunginger, M.D., allergist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (www.fda.gov)

[2] Dust mite allergy - Mayo Clinic

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        Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Hi Audrey - Having a stuffy nose might very well be an indication of dust mites. You can put your preferred sheets and pillow cases over the microfiber sheets. That's how I do it. Thanks for stopping by, commenting and sharing. Be well.

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        Audrey Selig 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

        Hi Glenn - Great information about microfiber sheets. I am concerned about dust mites, and my nose is always stuffy at night. It sounds like the sheets might not always be cold like percale sheets. You have many good ideas and hubs that meet others' needs. I like to read health articles on the site, and have found that HubPages keeps us healthy. That is a good recommendation. Sharing. Take care. Audrey

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        Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kris - You are doing the right thing. The casings are indeed the most important since they completely inclose the mattress, box spring, and pillows so that dust mites just don't have a chance. Thanks for commenting.

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        Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

        Thanks for the useful sources for sheets. I haven't used the sheets but I do swear by the mattress, box springs and pillow casings that keep dust mites out- I started using those years ago. Pricey but worth it for anyone with allergies:)

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        Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

        vespawoolf - You may only need it to cover your pillows since your allergy is mild. May not be necessary to inclose the entire mattress. Thanks for stopping by.

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        vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

        I'm happy to know about Mission brnad microfiber covers. I do suffer from dust mite allergies, although it's mild, but I'd like to have the extra protection.Thank you!

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        Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

        Kasman - Microfiber sheets and pillowcases are extremely useful if you have an allergy problem. Glad you found my hub useful. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Kas 5 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

        Wow, I knew there was a danger of uncovered mattresses and bedding but I didn't know how much. Thanks a lot for this hub, my wife and I will be buying some microfiber here at some point! Useful hub!

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