Good news for allergy sufferers!
Those with asthma and allergies can now sleep in comfort and style with down and feather bedding. Claims have been made (and subsequently proven false) that down and feathers cause allergens that can irritate someone who already suffers from allergies or asthma. However, studies have shown that only about 1% of the population is allergic to the feathers and down - the actual cause of most of these allergic reactions is dust mites.
Dust mites are arachnids, and live best in warm, highly humid (75 percent or higher humidity) climates. They typically live in fabric and the fibers of carpeting and upholstered furniture, and are thrown into the air when these materials are disturbed. Dust mites eat particles of skin and dander; however, they do not bite or carry diseases, and are only harmful to those allergic to them. Contrary to popular belief, down and feathers do not cause or nurture dust mite growth.
In fact, feather- and down-filled products are not preferred habitats for dust mites. Due to dense ticking, there is a barrier in these products that is virtually impenetrable to dust mites. Furthermore, feathers and down don't retain moisture and humidity as well as some other bedding products (humidity is necessary for dust mite growth and reproduction.)
If you have allergies or asthma but would still like to use down or feather bedding, try a brand that is hypoallergenic. Another alternative is to find mite-proof covers for your bedding and pillows and wash your bedding regularly (preferably in hot water) to help control your allergic reactions.
Once your down bedding anxieties have been soothed, you'll find that there's no comparison to quality down bedding. Down is unique in that it's both insulating and lightweight. It is versatile, as it conforms to your body, offers the perfect support, and can be easily fluffed and plumped into like-new condition in the morning. You'll quickly see why most of those who try down bedding never go back to using other fabrics.