Scientific studies show that the latex used in nearly all bedding products will not cause a reaction.
WHY? Because the 100% Natural Latex used in our pillows does not produce the same allergic reactions as other latex products found in household or medical products.
To really get to the bottom of this bedtime myth we need to dive deeper into what actually causes a latex allergy, and why the latex foam in our enVy Latex Pillows is different.
What exactly causes a latex allergy?
A latex allergy is a reaction to the proteins present in natural rubber latex. Most people have found they are allergic to latex by using items made from natural rubber, including elastic bands, latex gloves, baby bottle nipples and balloons. Natural latex is known to cause Type I and Type IV allergic reactions. Testing for a Type I natural latex allergy is done through blood testing. Type IV can be diagnosed by using a skin-prick test. Estimates of latex sensitivity in the general population range from 0.8% to 8.2%.
According to the FDA, there have been zero cases of allergic reactions to the natural rubber used in latex foam products throughout the bedding industry, which spans more than 35 years.
Latex pillows (or other latex bedding) products may contain natural rubber latex, but here's the difference: the Dunlop latex used in our enVy Pillow is subjected to a 220°F vulcanization oven and thoroughly washed and dried. This eliminates any reaction-related proteins or residues. Furthermore, our Latex pillows are covered with a 100% Undyed Cotton cover which is naturally hypoallergenic, antibacterial, dust-mite-resistant. That means there is no direct contact, in most cases, between your skin and the latex that could result in any type of reaction