Bed Pillows – what microbes are they hiding?

Beyond Down and Carpenter Company recently did a scientific study in regards to bedding products being used by college students across the country.  They took 50 bed pillows and 9 mattress pads and sent them to an independent lab for testing.

What was discovered is that, on average, the pillows in the study had 350,000 potential live bacteria colonies and 91,000 potential live yeast and mold colonies which can be associated with potential health issues and in my opinion is worse than all the talk regarding bed bugs that have been in the news for several months.

The majority of the microbes found were from sloughed-off skin cells, dust mites, and bodily fluids which were to be expected.  Others found can be more problematic, such as Shigella, a food poison that can cause dysentery; Moraxella catarrhalis, which can lead to bronchitis, sinusitis, and laryngitis; and Cladosporium molds which under the right conditons can cause skin lesions, keratitis, nail fungus, sinusitis, asthma, and pulmonary infections.

This study also went into the age of the bed pillows and found out those pillows 3 years or older had an average of 780,000 potential live bacteria colonies and 170,000 potential live yeast and mold colonies.

This study should serve as an eye opener for anyone with old bed pillows, whether or not in college, to throw them out.  Just thinking about all these microbes in bed pillows wants to make me pull an all-nighter.  What about you?


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