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What about Allergies?

Contrary to popular belief, genuine allergies to down are not very common although they can of course occur. Most allergies attributed to down emanate from dust and the dust mite. All Granny Goose natural fill products are triple de-dusted as part of the exhaustive cleaning process. This coupled with the use of a tightly woven cotton downproof fabric prevents the dust mites from entering the casing. For more information please read the following article from the European Down & Feather Association.

House Dust Allergy?

Persons who are allergic to house dust, do not need to go without bedding filled with down and feathers, because house dust allergies are not an issue for bedding filled with down and feathers!

There have been repeated false claims that there is a connection between the occurrence of allergic reactions to the house dust mite and the use of bedding filled with feathers and down. Many physicians and textile experts advise patients with a predisposition for allergies and customers generally to replace these articles of bedding with those using other fillings.

On the basis of new scientific knowledge, this prejudice concerning the alleged negative properties of bedding filled with down and feathers bedding has had to be revised, or even completely reversed!

According to representative studies in Central Europe, in which hundreds of homes, bedrooms, beds, duvets and pillows were examined for house dust mite infestation and allergen content, it is now clear:

  • Feather and down filled bedding is not a preferred habitat for house dust mites. With normal care, hardly any house dust mites are found in these articles of bedding, as the dense downproof casing represents an almost impenetrable barrier for the mites.
  • The favourable warm and climatic conditions offered by down bedding for humans (rapid accumulation of warmth while the person is sleeping, rapid decrease in humidity when the room is aired) are a very unfavourable habitat for mites, which need humidity.
  • In every home and in every bedroom, it is almost impossible to avoid house dust mites. They feed directly on humans, namely on the tiny flakes of skin which everyone constantly sheds. On the other hand, feathers and down do not provide any nutrients for mites.

The extensive scientific and ecological studies on the occurrence and dissemination of house dust mites in all of the European climatic zones clearly show that bedding filled with feathers and down bedding does not play a role, either as a habitat or as a source of food for house dust mites.

Therefore, there are neither scientific nor practical reasons for advising persons allergic to house dust mites not to use feather and down filled bedding.

Good News for Allergy Sufferers

Allergy sufferers and asthma sufferers can breathe more easily again!
They too no longer need to give up the natural sleep comfort offered by down and feathers..

The latest studies in the field of allergies show:
> Down and feathers are not - as is frequently and falsely assumed - the cause of house dust mite allergies.
> Down and feathers do not cause any allergic reactions of the respiratory tract, such as asthma or hay fever.

In other words, there is no reason for persons suffering from allergies or asthma to give avoid down or feathers; this would merely be detrimental to a comfortable sleep.

Sources: "Gutachten zur Einschätzung der Relevanz der Bettfedern -(Keratin) Allergie" Expert opinion on the assessment of the relevance of keratin allergy), Prof. Dr. med. Hofmann, Head of the Pediatric Institute of the University Hospital of Frankfurt am Main. "House dust mite allergen in pillows", expert opinion of the Wellington Asthma Research Group, Wellington School of Medicine, New Zealand. "Ökologische Untersuchungen zur Hausstaubmilbenallergie" (Ecological Studies of the Allergy to House Dust Mites), Prof. Dr. Dr. H. W. Jürgens, Anthropological Institute of the University of Kiel.