Allergy from Feather Pillows

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Well, after so many years enjoying feather pillows I am now allergic, to whatever is in these that I have. One is a very expensive pillow, in fact I got it as my only bday present last year...so perhaps my allergy it to REAL down, vs chicken feathers in the cheaper pillows.

I finally worked it out, thought I had a sinus infection or something. I would lay down and feel suffocated. Horrible. Like I have a bad cold every day, puffy eyes, miserable. Now I get why guests put that on their reservation.

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If you just can't bear to let your down pillow go, try using a hypoallergenic pillow case cover.  I have covered all our pillow with these to protect against bed bgs, since that is the main thing they are advertised for.  But the packaging also touts their  protection against allergies to feather.

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Silverspoon wrote:

If you just can't bear to let your down pillow go, try using a hypoallergenic pillow case cover.  I have covered all our pillow with these to protect against bed bgs, since that is the main thing they are advertised for.  But the packaging also touts their  protection against allergies to feather.

I have one maybe if I put two on it, I really love it. DH said "You are the only one who wants a pillow for your birthday!" Yes, as I can never find a good one, ever.  I will have to give it a go, I really want to keep it.

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In that case, triple and quadruple the hyop-cases. The bb pillowcover may be an option as they are heavier-more protective

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That is why I have one room that is feather-free. Only fiber-fill pillows, comforters, quilts, etc in that room. My first guest told me she could not have feathers near her face - comforter was OK, just not in pillows (of course I immediately got a fiber-fill). She was impressed that on their next visit I already had a fiber-fill pillow on the bed for her.

Glad you figured out the problem but sorry it has to be your wonderful pillow. Hope encasing it helps.

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a lot of the allergy is to do with dust rather than the actual feathers themselves -

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Remember back when all pillows were feather pillows? Poor asthmatic me. I had to switch out my down comforter a few years back. Loved it but always felt a little wheezy in the morning.

Supposedly the new down is washed before use and that was supposed to make the allergy issue go away. I have washed my down comforters and it hasn't helped.

If you really like it, try running it thru the dryer and then putting it inside one of those allergy covers that are made for dust mites.

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Just bought a new sofa. The throw pillow are full of feathers.  Yuk! I know..they say they are the best and most expensive for pillows. I don't want them and husband is allergic to them. Thankfully the company is willing to make me new ones. Salesperson said, why didn't you say something. I said , why would I, I never in a million years thought I would be getting feathers in my pillows. Thankfully they are not in the actual sofa cushions.

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And why all my pillows are hypo-allergetic. I also keep a few odd pillows around, two that are almost flat for back sleepers and two memory foam, for people that want that.

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