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A doctor uses TikTok to show why you should throw away your pillows every two years

A doctor uses TikTok to show why you should throw away your pillows every two years
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When is the last time you’ve changed your pillows? If you answer more than two years, you might want to change them right away.

Unlike your pillowcase which most people wash on a regular basis, the pillow itself rarely gets the clean it needs and because of this, it is likely riddled with dust mites.

Dust mites, for anyone who doesn’t know, are microscopic creatures that live in our soft furnishings, and they’re often the trigger for respiratory issues.

But that’s not the only reason why not changing your pillow often is unhealthy. 

Recently, Dr. Karan Raj racked up millions of views on TikTok explaining why you should be replacing your pillows every two years, and once you learn why, you'll be running to the store right away to buy new ones.

In a video captioned: 'You need to change your pillows at least every two years", he explains:

‘The average person sheds about 4kg of skin every year. Most of that ends up on your bed or pillow – a feast for microscopic dust mites. ‘A single dust mite has about 20 droppings each day, multiply that by the hundreds of mites living on your pillow. A build-up of dust mite feces can cause breathing and allergy type symptoms.’

Fair warning, the video is disgusting but well worth watching.

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