Latex is a double-edged sword in today’s world. You either love the health aspects natural latex brings to your home, especially in the form of a mattress, or you’re scared that you will be allergic to latex or develop latex allergies. Well, as we know, information is king! Dr. Robert G. Hamilton, Ph.D and Director, Dermatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology (DACI) Reference Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has tested the Essentia mattress in regards to latex allergies.
What if I’m allergic to latex?
Dr. Hamilton’s study shows that Essentia patented natural latex memory foam mattresses pose no risk to a latex allergic person in terms of potential exposure to latex allergens. This is because Essentia’s patented molded latex drastically reduces the level of proteins and allergens that a person can react to. As Dr. Hamilton explains, a person who is allergic to latex is generally allergic to dipped rubber which is a manufacturing process used to make products like rubber gloves or latex balloons.
Can I develop a latex allergy by sleeping on a latex mattress?
The short answer based on Dr.Hamilton’s study is, no! Essentia mattresses pose no risk to a non-sensitized individual to become sensitized to latex proteins by sleeping on an Essentia mattress. Sensitization to latex requires multiple exposures to high levels of allergens like those found in dipped latex.
You can read the full white paper by Dr. Robert G. Hamiliton, Ph.D here.