Do Hypoallergenic Pillow and Mattress Covers Really Work?
Find the truth behind questions that pique your curiosity in our “Short Answer” series. Allergist Fred Hseih, MD, answers this one.
A: Yes. Hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers serve as a physical barrier if you’re allergic to dust mites. Evidence shows the covers provide a measurable, significant decrease in dust mite allergen on pillows and mattresses.
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However, the hypoallergenic covers alone will probably not make much of a difference unless you take other steps to reduce your exposure to dust mite and related allergens. Covering pillows and mattresses is not effective unless you do the following:
Allergist Fred Hsieh, MD