Hay fever season is upon millions of sufferers but there is much you can do to minimise your symptoms, according to one leading expert.
Most hay fever sufferers react to grass pollen, which is in season from May to July. It is the most common allergy in the UK, with 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers allergic to it. And so allergens expert, Max Wiseberg, founder of the organic pollen balm barrier, HayMax, has provided some expert tips to help sufferers.
“Stopping the pollen getting into your body is a good strategy for dealing with symptoms,” Max explained. “If it’s not in your body, you can’t react to it! Wear wraparound sunglasses when you’re outdoors to help prevent pollen particles coming in contact with your eyes,” he advised.
“Use an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm such as HayMax, which can be applied to the nostrils and bones of the eyes in the morning and throughout the day. Tie your hair up and wear a hat, cap or other head covering when outside to help prevent pollen particles being caught in your hair.”
Max’s other top tips include not drying your clothes on a clothes line outdoors, as pollen particles will be blown onto the clothes by the outside wind; dry them indoors instead.
He added: “When you return home, take a shower and change your clothes to remove any pollen particles that have become trapped on your skin and clothes and in your hair. Vacuum the house regularly (especially beds and fabrics) to remove pollen particles, and when you’re dusting, damp dust, so that pollen particles are not redistributed into the air.
“If you own a pet then ensure that it is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens and pollen particles. And if you find that this is not enough, or a product that worked well for you in the past has now stopped working, you can create your own hay fever first aid kit. I suggest that your ideal natural hay fever first aid kit consists of only one natural antihistamine such as quercetin, an organic allergen barrier balm, only one natural nasal spray and eye drops.”