Allergen Reduction

Snooze the sneeze

People allergic to house dust mites (HDM) can experience hay fever-like symptoms all year long. With sneezing, coughing, irritated eyes, or a runny nose. These symptoms can aggravate during the night because mattresses and pillowcases are the perfect breeding grounds for HDM. At BekaertDeslee’s Lab, scientists develop textile technologies that can keep the bed cleaner and significantly reduce allergen levels.

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Why is it relevant?

40% of the world's population is allergic or sensitized to house dust mites.

No matter how clean the house is, the presence of HDM is inevitable; the challenge is more about keeping them at bay and in lower numbers. The bedroom is an essential place to start because its humid and warm conditions and close body contact with the mattress and pillow make for an ideal HDM environment.

Consumers who struggle with HDM allergies can now choose solutions that reduce their symptoms also during sleeping time. This multi-billion market is on the constant rise.

How does it work?

BeakertDeslee’s Allergen Reduction solution features a probiotic-infused textile finish, 100% bio-based. The good bacteria get released from the fabric thanks to the friction created when a person lays on their bed. Once released, the probiotics keep multiplying, building up a permanent protective layer.

But, how does it actually fight the house dust mite? It’s all about competition. When the probiotics outnumber HDM, they take over their habitat and sources of nutrition, forcing these ‘bad guys’ out. And they’re so good, they even clean up the mess (the allergy-causing excrement of HDM). This way, your sleeping environment stays neat and you can finally take a deep breath, relax and enjoy improved sleep.

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