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 primarily for patients who are 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. For example, many people think covering pillows and mattresses is not effective because they are not also:
Allergist Fred Hsieh, MD