Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 10, 2013
Allergies represent a significant concern for those who have them, and latex is one possible source of allergens for a small percentage of the population. With the growing popularity of the natural latex mattress, many consumers are seeking information about latex beds and potential connections with latex allergies. To address these concerns, BedEd.org took a look at some of the facts in their latest article, “Natural Latex Mattresses: Safe for Latex Allergies?”
The article first examines the nature of latex allergies and available statistics on reactions. It is mentioned that latex allergies typically involve circumstances where latex proteins come into direct contact with skin. An FDA report on latex allergies cited by OSHA highlights that over a four-year period, all reports of allergic reactions to latex can be linked to medical usage, were manufactured in a specific manner, and shared other traits.
When looking at the possibilities of allergic reactions to natural latex mattresses, Bed Ed highlights several key factors that differentiate beds from medical latex applications. In the Talalay manufacturing process, the latex foam is washed around five times which aids in thoroughly removing allergenic proteins.
Latex foam material is also covered by textiles in mattresses, so direct skin contact is not a concern. The blog highlights that no cases of latex allergies to mattresses or pillows have been reported by major U.S. manufacturers in the decades of production. Based on their prior comparison of latex beds, BedEd.org recommends all-natural Talalay latex mattresses from Astrabeds, which are manufactured in the U.S. and with a five-stage washing process.
Though they could find no evidence of concern for allergies with natural latex mattresses, exercising caution is always recommended when dealing with potentially severe allergies. Bed Ed suggests requesting a foam sample from the manufacturer and/or consulting with one’s physician to determine risk of reaction.
BedEd.org is a mattress education blog dedicated to providing informational resources to shoppers. The blog features impartial assessments of mattress types, brands, and other sleep related products, developed via first party research, third party reviews, and expert research and opinion. In addition, readers receive useful sleep quality tips and news on the latest mattress developments.