Definition of Hypoallergenic

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is Hypoallergenic?

Hypoallergenic is a term used to describe mattresses or bedding that are safe for individuals with allergies. Hypoallergenic materials inhibit the propagation of allergy-affecting microorganisms like dust mites, bacteria, and fungus by preventing them from penetrating into mattresses, pillows, or other objects. This denies the organisms enough space to breed to levels that would affect an individual's allergies.

Memory foam and latex are usually regarded as hypoallergenic mattress materials. As solid-block types, memory foam and latex mattresses prevent microorganism populations from dwelling inside. Innerspring mattresses do not offer such protection and are not hypoallergenic. However, protective bed covers may be purchased to curb microorganism growth. Pillows can also be hypoallergenic through the use of memory foam construction or protective covers.