Laboratory tests show that foams, fibres and fabrics treated at the manufacturing stage, provide effective control of house dust mites as well as the growth of destructive mould, mildew and fungi - important triggers for allergic and asthmatic responses, particularly in children.
The treatments used in our toppers have an anti-microbial compound that has passed the most stringent international testing procedures for efficacy and safety.
Recent evidence has shown that the home environment can be a major contributor to health problems. It seems the more comfortable we make our homes by insulating, carpeting, furnishing and sealing off from the outside world - as well as bringing pets into the home - the more we create health hazards.
We are creating environments in which the causes of serious health problems can proliferate: moulds, mildew, fungus, bacteria and perhaps the greatest culprit of all, the house dust mite, which has been proven to be a significant trigger for asthma, hay fever, rhinitis and even eczema.
The facts are that in Australasia 1 in 4 children, 1 in 7 adolescents and 1 in 10 adults suffer from asthma symptoms.
Hundreds of people die from asthma each year; asthma is the major cause of hospitalisation for children and it is estimated to cost the community in Australia alone over $580 million annually; the prevalence of asthma in children is growing by 1% every year.
Research in Australasia and around the world has revealed that up to 85% of people with asthma are allergic to the house dust mite.
It has also been shown that babies exposed to these allergens are more susceptible to asthma in later life.