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Definition of Hypoallergenic

What does Hypoallergenic mean?

"Hypoallergenic"- adjective.

Definition: non-allergy producing. A term applied to a preparation in which every possible care has been taken in formulation and production to ensure minimum instance of allergic reactions. (Blakiston's Medical Dictionary)

The definition of hypoallergenic is "having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction". Based on this definition, our products, including comforters are definitely hypoallergenic. The definition of non-allergenic is "having no tendency to provoke an allergic reaction". Therefore, it cannot be said in truth any product is really non-allergenic. Somebody somewhere will have a reaction.

For many years, companies have been producing products, which they claim are "hypoallergenic" or "safe for sensitive skin" or "allergy tested." These statements imply that the products making the claims are less likely to cause allergic reactions than competing products. But there has been no assurance to consumers that this actually was the case.

For the past few years, the Food and Drug Administration has been working to clear up this confusion of claims by establishing testing requirements that would determine which products really are "hypoallergenic." Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that FDA's regulation defining "hypoallergenic" was invalid. This means there is now no regulation specifically defining or governing the use of the term "hypoallergenic" or similar claims. Due to the lengthy procedural steps required to establish a new regulation, it is likely to be undefined for some time to come.

Here is then the truth. Despite all the reassurances and claims that manufacturers give us about their products in terms of allergy reactivity, nothing is 100% guaranteed to be non-reactive. This is particularly true of bedding items.

We put our comforters and pillows to the test with our most allergy sensitive employees, asking them to sleep with a comforter or a pillow sample. Our results showed no one reacted to our cotton or wool pillows and even the most sensitive seem to be just fine sleeping with a silk filled comforter. Our employee test of the very popular Hypodown down comforters found the majority to be just fine, however someone with eczema felt itchy with the Hypodown down comforter. Overall, we noticed that our staff members with eczema reacted to any down product despite manufacturer's special washing procedures and however excellent the down's turbidity (cleanliness) rating. Those staff with respiratory allergies or sinus problems, including feather allergies, curiously enough seemed to be fine with the Hypodown down comforter. Futhermore, in all the hundreds of sales we have had of Hypodown down comforters we have only had one return related to an asserted allergic reaction.

Our solution for allergy sufferers or those with sensistive skin who love down? Both Hypodown by Ogallala and Hyperclean down by Pacific Coast Feather offer a 30 day Allergy-free Guarantee, so you can try out their products for an allergic reaction and if you have one, you can return it.

Our most luxurious Siberian goose down and Eiderdown comforters are also hypoallergenic but custom-made and therefore non-returnable. If you have any doubt about your potential reactivity, we have a sample program and you can test the samples out for yourself.

Click Here to view all of our Hypoallergenic Bedding.

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