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Latex Allergy Info

Facts You Need to Know About Latex Allergies

Latex Allergy Information

Since Mattresses.net specializes in latex mattress designs, pillows and foam mattress topper models made out of this natural material, we want to make sure our customers understand a few things about latex allergies. This is a serious concern for some that does require explanation in regard to why latex foam mattresses tend not to produce allergic reactions even in those susceptible to symptoms.

What is Latex Allergy?

The protein in rubber can cause an allergic reaction in some people. The thin, stretchy latex rubber in gloves, condoms and balloons is high in this protein. It causes more allergic reactions than products made of hard rubber (like tires). Also, because some latex gloves are coated with cornstarch powder, the latex protein particles stick to the cornstarch and fly into the air when the gloves are taken off. In places where gloves are being put on and removed frequently, the air may contain many latex particles. These items are all produced using the "cold-dipped" method.

Why Latex Mattresses Don't Produce Symptoms

Non-skin contact products, such as latex foam mattresses and pillows, that may contain some natural rubber latex, undergo a five-stage washing process which removes reaction-causing proteins while enhancing the over quality of the product. The openness of latex foam cells, allows for thorough washing. In addition, latex mattresses, toppers and pillows are manufactured by super heating the mold which vulcanizes the latex inside. These proteins cannot survive the high heat.

Complaints for allergic reactions to natural rubber latex are monitored by the FDA. To our knowledge, there has never been a single complaint over our more than 28 years of experience stemming from the natural rubber found in our mattresses and pillows. Our products have been tested by outside facilities and are shown to be inherently hypoallergenic for sufferers of mold, mildew or bacterial allergies. In addition, our latex mattress and pillows are resistant to dust mites and are naturally resistant to mold and mildew which are contributors to asthma and pulmonary function allergies.

The bottom line is that a latex mattress does not cause allergies. If you'd like to learn more about our products, from twin to king mattresses and beyond, just shop our online store. We are also always happy to answer questions at 1-888-77DREAM.



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By Ken Hightower