Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Why Is It So Hard To Find Anti Dust Mite Mattress and Pillow Covers?

Given the rising trend of allergic rhinitis and that dust mites is the main cause of respiratory allergies in Singapore, I am surprised to find the lack of support in this area.

By support, I mean I don't see any foundation or community here for allergic rhinitis. In United States, they have the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; in Australia, they have the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy; in United Kingdom, they have the Allergy UK, a national charity to represent people with allergies. I am sure there are many more in other countries.

There is one in Singapore - The Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (Singapore), but it is a professional society catered to medical and healthcare professionals. There is not much resource there for an allergic rhinitis patient, mostly long wordy medical papers.

By support, I also mean that on the retail front, there is a lack of it. There are only 2 of them selling anti dust mite mattress and pillow covers in Singapore. Yes, only 2, and the prices are exorbitant! For the same price, I could have purchased online from the United Sates about 3 sets, with shipping charges inclusive. I shared my purchase experience here. Till this day, I am still puzzled why major departmental stores are not stocking these allergy products, given that 40% of the adult population here is troubled by allergic rhinitis .

Is it common to see shops specializing in allergy products in your country? I'd like to hear from you if you find support or the lack of it in your country. Do leave a comment here or drop me an email :)

For those who are allergic to dust mites and are interested to get a good quality anti dust mite mattress cover, here's some tips on how to choose one. And if you happen to reside where such allergy shops are not easily accessible, I recommend you purchase online from the Allergy Store. This is where I bought my anti dust mite mattress and pillow covers after doing extensive research online. Great quality! I am a careful shopper, even more so when it comes to online shopping and buying rather big ticket items. Besides being in this industry for a long time (since 1989 - well, at the back of my head, I am thinking if they are not good, they would't be able to last this long in the business!), this is also why I chose them:
"... it offers international shipping & accept international credit card as payment. Also for some of their anti dust mite bedding cover series, they offer LIFETIME warranty"
I encourage you to do your own research online as well before purchasing. The anti dust mite bedding covers are not exactly cheap and it is important you buy good quality ones from a reliable retailer that can last you for a long time to come.

p/s: If anyone knows of a national foundation or society here in Singapore for allergic rhinitis, do let me know. Appreciate it!

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