Dust mite allergy

Allergen-proof bed encasings — so people with allergies can sleep in peace.

Avoidance strategies are an important aspect of every allergy therapy — in other words, taking steps wherever possible to block contact to substances that trigger allergies. For over 20 years, ALLERGIKA has been focused on the topic of preventing dust mite allergies.
We offer people with allergies products with certified quality testing to prevent and treat allergies.
Our experience in this field is intended to help you lower the amount of allergens in your environment.
After all, less contact with allergens means fewer symptoms! Discover our tried-and-true products designed for people with dust-mite allergies, sensitive skin or neurodermatitis.

  • What is a dust mite allergy?
  • Health-insurance reimbursement
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A barrier to protect you from dust mites

Allergen-proof bed encasings — so people with allergies can sleep in peace.
Avoidance strategies are an important aspect of every allergy therapy — in other words, taking steps wherever possible to block contact to substances that trigger allergies. For over 20 years, ALLERGIKA has been focused on the topic of preventing dust mite allergies. Our experience in this field are intended to help you lower the amount of allergens in your environment.

Ihre Schutzbarriere gegen Hausstaubmilben

A dust mite, enlarged approximately 1000 times

House dust mites are so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye. These tiny arachnids measure a mere 0.1 to 0.5 millimeters. And they live in every home. As the name suggests, they can be found in the dust in our houses and particularly enjoy spending time on pillows, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture, carpets and beds. Usually, they are not a threat in any way — they do not bite or convey dangerous diseases. But certain proteins excreted by these mites can make life very difficult for people with allergies: they trigger a hyperreaction in the immune system. The results can be itchy skin with welts, reddening and swelling, watery eyes, sniffles, coughing and even shortness of breath or allergic asthma.
One important countermeasure to dust mite allergies is fighting off these little roommates. Having fewer mites means fewer excretions, and that in turn means fewer allergic triggers. You should dust your home properly on a regular basis: thoroughly vacuum your upholstered furniture on a daily basis. Beyond that, acaricides (mite-killing substances) help keep the mite population as low as possible.

Milben und Allergene haben keine Chance:
A barrier to protect you from dust mites.

Mites and allergens don't stand a chance: this protective barrier does not let anything get by.
Dust mites like being in bed more than anything: after all, they live off of human skin, and there is plenty of that where we sleep. Mite-proof encasings for mattresses, pillows and duvets keep the creatures — and the allergens they produce — away from you. Those who only have minor symptoms of a dust mite allergy can often minimize their complaints by taking long-term steps to reduce mites in their environment. If the symptoms grow worse, and especially if you develop shortness of breath, you should talk to your doctor about other therapeutic measures such as medication.

A barrier to protect you from dust mites
With ALLERGIKA® sensitive encasings, you can effectively reduce mites and allergens, which relieves your allergy symptoms. Detailed information about individual products can be found here.

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Reimbursement / subsidy by the statutory health insurance:

With a doctor's prescription, the cost of all-natural duvet covers may be covered by your health insurance. If you are suspected of having a house dust mite allergy, first consult a doctor and have a prescription issued for ALLERGIKA® Encasings. Give us a call. We advise you in detail and clarify the reimbursement of costs with your statutory health insurance.

ALLERGIKA® encasings are innovative special textiles with medical efficacy. They are regularly tested by independent institutes and earn outstanding rankings in all test standards. Our products offer ideal levels of safety and comfort, even after long-term use.

  • Efficacy

    Studies confirm that they help reduce complaints
    ALLERGIKA® encasings are the simplest solution to minimizing symptoms immediately and effectively. The special quality of the fabric and manufacturing create microparticle retention throughout the entire encasing to protect you against mites and their excrement:

    • Additional protective coating of special fabric under every zipper
    • Double-stitched seams


    Ruhr District Institute of Hygiene – Proof of allergen protection:
    ALLERGIKA® encasings were tested at the Ruhr District Institute of Hygiene in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and were demonstrated to provide effective protection against even the smallest particles of mite proteins (as tested on a fabric sample).

  • Allergen impermeability

    Fabric quality is not the only important factor when it comes to protecting you properly from allergens. It is also critical for the encasing to be allergen-impervious and secure at the seams and zipper:

    • Additional protective coating of special fabric under every zipper
    • Double-stitched seams

     

    The entire mattress encasing was tested and awarded the TÜV seal "Suited for people with allergies":
    Not only was the the fabric analyzed to guarantee it is allergen-proof, all of the seams and zippers were also tested to ensure they keep out microparticles. The German TÜV certificate was granted for the material, processing and durability — no small feat! The encasing encloses the bedding and mattress from all sides, and a protective panel under the zipper guarantees further protection.

  • Sleeping environment

    Proper encasings have to make a good night's sleep possible despite allergen-impervious fabric. At night, depending on the climate conditions, people lose up to a liter of fluids in sweat as they sleep. If the encasing is not breathable, you will wake up sweaty and uncomfortable. Consequently, the best sleeping comfort can only be guaranteed by encasings that have breathable fabric.

    Hohenstein Institute textile testing research laboratory – Does the encasing allow for a comfortable sleeping environment?
    ALLERGIKA® encasings are breathable, air-permeable and comfortable to lie on. Since the fabric is breathable, the encasings are also suited for children and infants.

  • Free of toxic substances

    The fabric is free of toxic substances in compliance with Öko-Tex Standard 100 and can even be used with infants.

    Öko-Tex Standard 100
    ALLERGIKA® Encasings are certified in compliance with Öko-Tex Standard 100, an environmental seal for fabrics. This label confirms that the textile product contains no toxic substances and that it does not exceed certain thresholds. The certificate is only granted to products which fulfill these standards.

  • Guarantee

    Reversible All-around zipper for easier coverage of the duvet and mattress.

    • Machine wash warm up to 60° C, dryer-safe
    • 12-year guarantee

     

    Outstanding durability – 12-year guarantee
    ALLERGIKA® Encasings are distinctive because of their rugged quality and durability. We guarantee up to 12 years of use if handled properly.

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Would you like more information about our products, ordering or exchanges? Answers to our customers' FAQs:

  • Where exactly should I measure the mattress?

    Measure the length, width and, most importantly, the height of the mattress. You can best measure the height of the mattress best at its highest point or at the corner if the mattress is saggy.

  • In selecting the size, do I have to leave some additional space, and does the fabric shrink?

    No, you do not have to account for additional space. The material does not shrink. The encasing has to fit snugly and should not wrinkle under any circumstances. The protective cover under the zipper has to lie securely. Use the dimensions the manufacturer provided as a point of orientation. There is only a limited number of standard sizes sold in Germany, although of course you may have a special size or a product from a different country.

  • When should I order a special custom size and what should I keep in mind?

    Custom sizes are fundamentally possible for all three kinds of encasings: mattresses, pillows and duvet. If the dimensions of your mattress are between two standard sizes, please select the next largest standard size (for example, 18 cm falls between the 16 and 20 cm sizes; in this case, please select 20 cm). Any difference in height may be offset by putting a mattress protector under the encasing as well. A size that is too small will not fit: the material is not elastic. Prices for special sizes are available upon request and are based on the dimensions needed (length times width). Custom sizes are delivered within 3-4 weeks.

  • I ordered the wrong size: how can I exchange it?

    You can discuss the situation with one of our representatives. Assuming the product was unopened and unused, it will be exchanged immediately. A delivery company will pick the goods up from your house. If the exchange is due to an error on our part, this service will obviously be free of charge. Please include the bill of shipping and information about the necessary size in your package. Packages sent to us without proper postage will not be accepted (see also our terms and conditions). We cannot accept goods that have been opened and unwrapped, since these are hygiene articles which cannot be resold after they are unwrapped.

  • Which colors are ALLERGIKA® encasings available in?

    ALLERGIKA encasings are only available in white. In general, they are not visible through the bedding that is placed over them.

  • Can I dye my ALLERGIKA® encasings a different color?

    Since these are encasings that go under and around the bedding, they do not need to be dyed. There have not been any studies about the extent to which dyeing could affect the protective effects of the encasings. We advise against dyeing them.

About dust mite allergies

  • Is a provocation test appropriate for dust mite allergies?

    A provocation test analyses whether the antibodies identified in the blood or skin test are in fact responsible for the complaints the patient is having. To conduct this test, the doctor has to expose the patient's nasal mucous membranes or the conjunctiva to the allergen in question. The provocation test can be a good option if there is evidence of a dust-mite allergy, if the immune system showed only a minor reaction to mite allergens during previous tests, and if other indoor allergens could be causing the symptoms. This exam should only be conducted by a physician because the exposure can cause an allergic reaction that may even be intense.

  • How do skin tests like the prick test and intracutaneous test work?

    In a prick test, the allergy specialist takes different allergens and uses a small lancet to place a small amount of them under the patient's skin. After ten to twenty minutes, redness or welts develop at the sites if the patient is allergic to the substance in question. The prick test alone does not confirm the diagnosis, however, because infections or medications may cause the skin to respond with greater sensitivity. But it does serve as confirmation if the medical exam shows that there is evidence of hay fever. If the prick test does not confirm the presence of a dust mite allergy despite evidence to the contrary, your physician can perform a second test called an intracutaneous test or intradermal test: this can detect a dust mite allergy that the prick test could not. The test is someone painful, however, because the allergen extract is injected under the skin; after that, the procedure is the same as in the prick test. Before any skin tests are conducted, you have to talk to your doctor and discuss how intense your allergic reactions are. After all, these tests create a defense reaction in your body, and in rare cases this can even include allergic shock or severe shortness of breath. Patients at risk should only undergo these tests at hospitals so that in a worst-case scenario, they can be treated right away.

  • When does it make sense to do a blood test?

    A blood test is a logical step if previous exams have not lead to a clear-cut diagnosis. It is also a good choice for little children who are afraid of the prick test. Lab tests are conducted on the blood to determine the presence of particular antibodies (immunoglobulins, IgE). If you do have an allergy, the immune system forms these antibodies in response to certain components found in dust called antigens. If the total immunoglobulin E level is higher than normal, that alone is not enough to diagnose an allergy. This is because other factors can also elevate the total IgE level, including smoking or worms. Instead, the best approach is a specific blood test to determine special antibodies against dust mite antigens (specific IgE). If these antibodies are detected, this is important evidence that there is a dust mite allergy, although it is not conclusive proof in and of itself.

  • How effective is specific immunotherapy (hyposensitization)?

    The idea behind specific immunotherapy is to train the immune system to stop overreacting to certain triggers. The process is also known as hyposensitization or desensitization. Here, the patient is given injections of micro doses of an extract of dust mite allergens, and the dosage increases slightly every week. After the maximum dosage has been achieved, the patient receives another dose every four to eight weeks so that the immune system remembers how to react appropriately to the allergen.

  • Which other diseases could be the reason for these symptoms?

    A dust mite allergy can easily be confused with a runny nose caused by other allergies such as pollen, mold or animal dander / fur. Viral infections, bacterial infections and changes in the nasal structure can also lead to symptoms very similar to those of allergies; other possibilities include side effects of medications, food intolerabilities or hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy, menopause). If you suspect any of these factors, a thorough consultation with an ENT can help clarify matters. This appointment may include anything from an endoscopic exam of the sinuses to a CT scan.

  • Can steam cleaners get rid of dust mites?

    Steam cleaners can only kill off some of the mites in carpets, but within three months there will be just as many as there were before.  Beyond that, the carpet will remain damp for a while after being cleaned, and mites like that. They are not the only ones, either: fungi also form quickly in damp rugs. And this is practically a banquet for mites.

  • How can I tell the difference between allergic rhinitis and a cold?

    As a matter of fact, the symptoms are very similar. However, if you have allergic rhinitis, the symptoms usually appear out of nowhere,  and they can also disappear just as quickly — although they will certainly return. By contrast, if you have a cold, you can feel it approaching at least hours in advance, if not days, and it takes a good week before your nose stops running again. If you are suffering from an allergy, your nasal secretions are more likely to be watery and clear, not thick and congested as they are in a cold. Furthermore, allergic rhinitis does not involve a fever or sore throat. Typical allergy symptoms are an itchy nose, burning eyes and sneezing fits.

  • How can I protect myself or my child against dust mite allergies?

    In addition to genetic predisposition, there is one major risk factor when it comes to allergies: being exposed to secondhand smoke during childhood. Children whose mothers smoked during their pregnancy develop allergies in adulthood twice as often as those whose mothers did not smoke. Breastfeeding provides additional protection against allergies. Whenever possible, children from families with a history of allergies should be breastfed for at least four months. If breastfeeding is not an option, hypoallergenic baby formula can also help limit the risk of allergies. Talk to your doctor about it. Avoiding all possible allergy triggers during pregnancy and breastfeeding actually achieves the opposite of the desired effect, however: it sends the child's risk of allergies skyrocketing, just like too much cleaning can do. You can find more about allergy prevention in the section "Allergies in children."