Latex Mattress, Topper, & Pillow Allergies
There is a common misconception that latex foam used in mattresses will be problematic for people with latex allergies. This is not true. Talalay and Dunlop latex, a latex foam product used in mattresses, toppers, and pillows, does not produce the same allergic reactions as other latex products found in household or medical products.
What exactly causes a Latex Allergy?
A latex allergy is a reaction to the proteins present in natural rubber latex. Most have found they are allergic to latex by using items made from natural rubber, such as: elastic bands, latex gloves, baby-bottle nipples, and balloons. Natural latex is known to cause Type I and Type IV allergic reactions. Testing for Type I natural latex allergy is done through blood testing. Type IV can be diagnosed by using a skin-prick test. Estimates of latex sensitivity in the general population range from 0.8% to 8.2%.
Zero Cases of Allergic Reactions to Latex Mattresses
According to the FDA, there have been zero cases of allergic reactions to the natural rubber used in latex foam products for the bedding industry, which spans 35+ years.
Latex mattresses, pillows, toppers, or other latex bedding products may contain some natural rubber latex but undergo a five-stage washing process which removes any reaction-related proteins. Latex is also flash heated from “gel” into a permanent solid form which would kill any remaining proteins. Lastly, all of our products are covered with hypoallergenic, antibacterial, dust & mite resistant covers. There is no direct contact, in most cases, with the latex.
In conclusion, if you have a latex allergy and are considering a latex foam mattress, pillow, or topper purchase you have nothing to fear. Latex mattress products are not known to cause any allergy symptoms.
Latex International; http://www.latexfoam.com/latex-material/faqs