Updated: February 19, 2018
Allergic reactions are uncomfortable at best and catastrophic at worst, and latex allergies are no different. And if there’s one place that even a mild latex allergic reaction is absolutely unwelcome, it’s when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. So what does this mean for those with latex allergies, and the very popular use of latex foam in mattresses, toppers and pillows? There is a common misconception that latex foam used in mattresses will be problematic for people with latex allergies. Thankfully, numerous scientific show that the latex used in nearly all bedding products will not cause a reaction.
Why? Because Talalay and Dunlop latex – the two types of latex found in latex foam mattresses, toppers and pillows – does not produce the same allergic reactions as other latex products found in household or medical products. But to really get to the bottom of this pervasive bedtime myth, we need to dive deeper into what causes a latex allergy, and why latex foam in Brooklyn Bedding and other brands of mattresses is distinct.
What exactly causes a latex allergy?
A latex allergy is a reaction to the proteins present in natural rubber latex. Most people have found they are allergic to latex by using items made from natural rubber, including elastic bands, latex gloves, baby-bottle nipples, and balloons. Natural latex is known to cause Type I and Type IV allergic reactions. Testing for a 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%.
Why don’t latex mattresses, pillows and toppers cause an allergic reaction?
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 here’s the difference: bedding products 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. Plus, Brooklyn Bedding products are covered with hypoallergenic, antibacterial, dust- and mite-resistant covers. There is no direct contact, in most cases, with the latex that would cause any type of reaction.
That’s great news for those that suffer from any form of latex allergy. 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, which means you get to enjoy the comfort and support properties of latex mattresses without fear of unwelcome nighttime reactions.
* For more information about latex in bedding products and latex allergies, visit our data source for this article at www.latexfoam.com.