Dirty sheets can trigger allergies that are quite severe for some people.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Washing bed sheets can often feel like a daunting task. It’s no wonder that many people put off this tedious task.
In addition, the activity of installing sheets is also time consuming. In fact, a survey by Hammond Furniture found that a third of Brits wash their bedding only once a year.
However, research has shown that infrequently washing your sheets can be a health hazard. Mattresses are very easy to become a nest of pathogens. According to the researchers, the pathogen can cause several deadly conditions, including pneumonia, appendicitis, and gonorrhea.
Sleep experts at Bed Kingdom claim that the body excretes fluid and oil every night while sleeping, along with thousands of dead skin cells. The condition attracts dust mites that secrete feces associated with allergies, asthma, rhinitis and eczema.
“Change of bed linen every day is recommended for people who are sick,” wrote Bed Kingdom in a statement, reported Mirror.co.uk, Friday (25/11/2022).
Bed Kingdom says dirt and dust mites can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Symptoms may include coughing, sneezing, skin rashes, itchy eyes and a runny nose.
Dust mites are also a very common trigger for people with asthma. Therefore, you will experience the comfort and health benefits if your sheets are washed more frequently.
Cleveland Clinic dermatologist, Alok Via explains, bacterial organisms in the human body are more numerous than their own cells. Therefore, when you leave dead skin cells on the sheets, the bacteria can multiply.
“If they get back on your skin, it can cause folliculitis,” says Via.
Transmission of infection has also been shown to occur through dirty linen. Staphylococcus aureus is a dangerous bacteria because it is more contagious than other types. It is also closely related to severe health conditions such as pneumonia.
Another risk people face is appendicitis when bacteria or parasites enter the digestive tract. Johns Hopkins Medicine explains that this condition may occur when the digestive tract that connects the large intestine and appendix is blocked or trapped by stool. If the appendix ruptures, it can cause a serious and deadly infection.
So that bed linen does not become a means of transmission, experts at Bed Kingdom recommend allocating time for washing bed linen at least once a week.
“The potential effects on health are a good reason to dedicate time (washing bed linens,” writes Bed Kingdom.