My sister got me a down comforter for Christmas. Nice, but I'm not sure I can keep it. I have mild asthma that is kept in check with advair and combivent (sp?). My DH has always had a feather pillow in an allergy slipcover and it hasn't bothered me. When I opened the comforter I has an asthma attack (which for me means I had to use my inhaler). Could i keep it if I got an big allergy duvet cover? I can't find any info on that and asthma, only allergies!
My mom actually just bought me a down comforter. I know if she got me one w/ feathers in it I would start coughing like crazy. Instead the comforter I have has something else in it besides feathers where its made especially for people w/ allergies. I can't exactly remember the name but what you should do is see if you can exchange it for the one I am trying to think of. I will ask her and see what the exact name of that comforter was. It's the same price and same exact as the one you probably have. I will get back to you!!
But personally I wouldn't keep that one I would be afraid of getting an asthma attack. I don't think the duvet will do much in protecting you against an attack from the feathers.
It could simply be a reaction to the chemicals that were used in producing the material, or other stuff in the factory.. I tend to have a bit of a "tightness" when opening new stuff sometimes. (perhaps I'm just nuts?) Anyhow.. I've got a down comforter and do just fine.. although, you might consider one of those allergy covers, just in case.. I'd assume you'd be okay after that, if not, well.. it's better to have tried, right?
I found out I was allergic to down and feathers,,,got rid of mine,,,I miss it!
Can't really tell if that alone made a difference as we did an entire bedroom
makeover to make it my little 'asthma safe room' !