ALLERGIC REACTION TO BEDDING:IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO COTTON

If you are allergic to cotton but not chemically sensitive, you have the choice of synthetics and latex as well as of other natural fibres. If you are chemically sensitive as well as allergic to cotton, you will have to look to other more expensive natural fibres, such as wool, linen and silk. It is worth trying polycotton, sometimes tolerated well by even very sensitive people.

If you have to use cotton because of multiple allergies, avoid very flocky cottons, such as candlewick bedspreads or terry towelling, which irritate more. You may be better able to tolerate smooth woven cottons, or T-shirt fabric. Try using a T-shirt as a pillowcase or to cover the upper part of your bedding. Look for a cotton jersey mattress cover (sources overleaf). The sources of supply which follow cover:

• Anti-dust mite and modified feather products

• Pure cotton bedding

• Wool, linen and silk bedding

• Synthetic and latex bedding and mattresses

• Cotton mattresses

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