The great British summertime is finally here. And while most of us are enjoying the sun, many will be suffering – with allergies... The common complaint at this time of year is of ‘outdoor’ allergies, such as hay fever and pollinosis – from grass and pollen respectively. But we must remember that ‘indoor’ allergies can also be aggravated by the rising mercury.
Dust mites are a major trigger for allergies in the UK; up to 80 per cent of allergy suffers are affected by the critters, and they can spark a myriad of problems. You may think that your itchy eyes and runny nose are caused by the increased pollen count, and that your eczema is due to dehydration, but the dust mites that lurk in your home – and especially in your bedding – could be the root of the problem.
• Dust mites thrive in hot and humid conditions – half a teaspoon of dust can contain up to 1,000 dust mites and 250,000 faecal pellets!
• Each egg-laying female can increase the dust mite population by 30 new mites each week.
• Dust mites love your bedding! They burrow into duvets and pillows to feast on dead skin cells. As the average person sheds two to three pounds of skin each year, there is no shortage of food for them!
• The weight of the average pillow increases by around 10 per cent each year, thanks to dust mite infestation…
Never Fear, Help is at Hand
Dick Beijen, founder of British woollen bedding company, Devon Duvets, says: “Wool is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, so switching to woollen duvets, pillows and mattress toppers can dramatically reduce the number of mites you come into contact with while you sleep.
“On average, people lose around half a pint of moisture when they sleep. Dust mites survive by absorbing water from their environment. Woollen bedding is hostile to dust mites because a good quality, un-bleached wool does not retain any of the moisture you lose during your sleep.”
Dick’s top five lifestyle tips for dealing with allergies:
1. Switch to woollen bedding and bed linen
2. Eat local honey throughout the year
3. Air your bedding regularly
4. Invest in a humidifier
5. Try using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
“At Devon Duvets, our range of duvets, pillows and mattress toppers are made using Platinum Certified pure British fleece wool, free from chemical treatments.”
To order or for more information, please visit www.devonduvets.com or call 01803 712 977.
Notes to Editors:
Husband and wife team Dick and Pauline Beijen bought their flocks of sheep during the summer of 2008 as the first step into their idea of creating high quality, all natural British woollen duvets. After more than a year of development work, the latter part of which was filmed by Channel 4 with Monty Don in his series ‘My Dream Farm’, Devon Duvets was born.
The concept of using British wool in duvets and pillows was largely un-thought of at that time and the Beijen’s are delighted there is now a rediscovery of British wool that helps to support our farms.
They now produce a range of high quality British Woollen duvets, pillows and mattress toppers from standard sizes to bespoke, adults to children; all individually handcrafted in their workshop in Devon using the very best materials. Not only are their products made in Britain and the wool British, the wool is processed locally and packaging and labeling is produced in Devon, supporting our economy and environment.
Devon Duvets is committed to creating high quality 100% British woollen products that are sustainable and have a carbon footprint that is as small as possible.
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