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Beware of "feather duvet lung", warn docs

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Eldorado

"Doctors are warning about ‘feather duvet lung’ after a man developed a sudden and severe reaction to his bedding. Martin Taylor was left breathless, tired and unable to work within just a few months.

"He had been previously healthy and initially doctors had no idea what was causing his symptoms.

"The Scottish man had suddenly started to experience dizzy spells in late 2016 and he went to his doctor in November of that year."

Full report at the UK Metro: https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/19/doctors-warning-duvet-making-11181561/?

 

"Medical team say people’s unexplained breathlessness could be down to bedding dust."

At the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/18/doctors-warn-of-danger-of-feather-duvet-lung

At Live Science: https://www.livescience.com/feather-duvet-lung.html

Case Report at the BMJ: https://casereports.bmj.com/content/12/11/e231237

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moonman

So people have been sleeping on feather bedding for hundreds of years and it's only NOW a problem?

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Eldorado
28 minutes ago, moonman said:

So people have been sleeping on feather bedding for hundreds of years and it's only NOW a problem?

It's only NOW that a connection has been made, maybe?

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Piney
39 minutes ago, moonman said:

So people have been sleeping on feather bedding for hundreds of years and it's only NOW a problem?

 

9 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

It's only NOW that a connection has been made, maybe?

Our microbiomes are shrinking with all the chemicals in our lives and it is causing more sensitivities to possible allergens. 

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Blue Star

This allergic reaction has actually been known about for years, at least since the early 1900, if not long before.

It is actually the dander, dust mites, molds and other bits and bobs that remain amidst the feather and down, not the feathers or down.

There are different degrees of processing the feathers and down.

Obviously the better, the cleaner but this results in a lighter and more expensive result.

Therefore, manufactures usually only go to the minimum allowed for sorting and cleaning of the feathers and down and given the lighter product, can be reluctant to go the extra mile and to the extra cost of deeper separation and cleaning out the gunk of dust mites, mold and dander.

After saying this there are good quality manufacturers, who do go that extra mile and will give you a better product. I believe there is one that sells via QVC but don't quote me on that. 

So, 'you pays ya' moneys and makes your choice'...

I personally opt for silk. No dander, no dust mites, no molds and i use regular sunlight airing and a steam cleaner on it, just to be safe. 

Hope this helps.

 

 

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