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Tree pollen ticking you off? Try the remedy we love

It’s spring and with all the trees out in blossom, it’s that time of year again when many hay fever sufferers will be maxing out on the pollen.

And it’s not a trivial matter if you’re a sufferer – hay fever seriously affects people’s lives, from those taking important exams[1] to drivers at the wheel[2]. HayMax organic allergen barrier balm helps to trap all types of tree pollen. Here’s a quick run-down of the main culprits…

Tree pollen ticking you off? – Birch 

This takes top spot because it’s probably the most problematic tree of them all for hay fever sufferers and its pollen can often be seen in large yellow clouds in both towns and countryside.

Tree pollen ticking you off? – Hazel 

This one makes tonnes of pollen – you have been warned. Hazel trees can live for hundreds of years and are found in birch and oak woodlands as well as areas of scrub and hedgerow.

Tree pollen ticking you off? – Willow 

A total headache for the hay fever sufferer as it releases highly allergenic pollen.  And as there are nearly twenty native willow varieties in the UK, it’s going to be a tricky one to avoid.

Tree pollen ticking you off? – Alder 

Their pollen is moderate to high. Alder trees are often found by river banks, where the exposed roots in the water can provide excellent hiding places for small fish and critters.

Tree pollen ticking you off? – Elm 

Pollen from these trees is wind pollinated, although elms can also pollinate flowers from the same tree.

The bad news is that all these trees will be blaring out most of their pollen at the same time, in March. And as 25% of UK hay fever sufferers are allergic to tree pollen, it’s going to affect around 3 million people.  

A great way to cope with this pollen onslaught is to trap the pollen before it gets in the body and starts to cause a reaction. HayMax organic allergen barrier balm is designed to do just that. Just a small amount of HayMax applied around the rim of the nostrils and the bones of the eyes (but not in the eye) can help. It’s backed up by science; HayMax has been proven to trap over 1/3 of pollen grains before they enter the body [3]. This can help keep the sufferer below their trigger level for longer. And 80% of people say HayMax works [4].

HayMax is talked about by doctors in the media, glamorous Hollyoaks actress, Nadine Mulkerrin has been posting about it on Instagram and it’s been used successfully by two Olympic athletes. It has also attained The Allergy Friendly Product Award from leading national patient charity Allergy UK, awarded to products that are potentially of benefit to people affected by allergy, asthma, or sensitivity and are unlikely to cause a reaction. It is 100% natural, certified organic by the Soil Association and approved by the Vegetarian Society.

As HayMax is drug-free it is suitable for children and pregnant and breast-feeding women. There are no drowsy side-effects – so, unlike many anti-histamines that people take, it can be used whilst driving and operating machinery, and will not adversely affect performance at work, school, during exams or while taking part in sports or fitness.

So if you’d prefer not to max out on the tree pollen, try HayMax.

HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett, Booths, Ocado, selected Superdrug, Morrisons and Boots, independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores, on 01525 406600

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References

[1] As many as 63% of students taking exams surveyed by a 2006 survey reported hayfever symptoms. (Survey commissioned by the charity Education for Health and published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology).

The study found that students with hay fever were 40% more likely to drop a grade between their mock and final exams and those taking antihistamines were 70% more likely to drop a grade. Students with severe hay fever and a history of symptoms in previous years were twice as likely to drop a grade.

[2] Vehicle leasing company, All Car Leasing, has highlighted the severity caused by sneezing behind the wheel, especially when driving on a motorway at 70 mph, research has found the driver will take their eye off the road for two seconds, resulting in driving 155 feet with their eyes closed.

[3] Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.

[4] ‘The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK’, Allergy UK, supported and funded by HayMax™, April 2016. When asked, ‘Overall, would you say that HayMax worked?’, 80% [134 out of 166] of respondents said ‘yes’.

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