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How Do I Allergy-Proof My Bedroom?

How Do I Allergy-Proof My Bedroom?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

Your bedroom should be your safe-haven away from the hustle-bustle and from allergy triggers. But for many, there are multiple things in the bedroom that can make allergies worse. Why is it so important to make your bedroom allergy free? 

--One, because there are many allergen triggers on your bed that are up-close and personal when you are sleeping. 

--Two, because you likely spend many hours (but probably not enough) in your bedroom sleeping. 



Dust mites are one of the most common allergy triggers on the bed. For the bedding, the #1 thing to do is to get special covers for your pillow and mattress, called allergy covers or allergy encasements. These covers are woven to less than 5 microns, which is the size of the dust mite, and therefore acts as a barrier. It prevents the dust mites from coming in contact with you and feeding off your dead skin cells. We would recommend a pillow cover and a mattress encasement that zips around the entire mattress (not just the top). 

Down is not your friend. Down bedding often harbors dust mites. We recommend a down alternative or other synthetic that you can easily throw in the wash weekly. 



Since dust mites like upholstery, we recommend non-fabric window coverings, like wood blinds or shutters.

Nature is not your friend. Keep the windows closed in the bedroom. If you let all that pollen onto your bed, you will be miserable and will need more allergy medicine.



If possible, hardwood or tile flooring (basically anything besides carpet) is the best for allergies. If you do have carpet in the bedroom, vacuuming it weekly and changing it out every 7-10 years is preferable.