For many of us, hay fever season is already under way. The summer months might be more traditionally associated with the sniffles, sneezes and sore eyes that go with allergies, but tree pollen can start irritating and causing nasal havoc as early as March.
The two most important tree pollen types are the silver birch, which triggers hay fever in approximately 25% of sufferers, and the oak, which affects around 20% of hay fever sufferers. The birch starts pollinating from the beginning of April in the south of England. Birch trees need several dry days with temperatures in the mid-teens before the start to release pollen. The oak tree pollen season usually occurs in May and early June. The tree pollen season starts with the hazel in mid February followed by the yew and alder. It ends with the pine in May and early June.
Drugs commonly used to treat the symptoms, such as anti-histamines and corticosteroids can cause side-effects in some people such as nosebleeds, weight gain and drowsiness. A gentler alternative to these remedies is HayMax, a drug-free, organic balm, which acts as a barrier for allergens. Applied at the base of the nose and around the eyes, the balm traps pollen before it enters your body.
This year sees the launch of HayMax kids, suitable for babies, toddlers, children and parents, with fun, superhero-emblazoned packaging. It’s great for exam time; with no drowsy side-effects, kids will be able to tackle tests feeling at their peak.
HayMax has undergone four independent trials and studies, which have proven its effectiveness, including a survey by Allergy UK in 2015 that concluded that 80% of respondents said that HayMax worked for them.
HayMax Kids organic drug-free allergen barrier balm retails at £6.99 per pot. It’s available from Holland & Barrett; selected Boots; independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores; on 01525 406600 and from haymax.biz.