Don’t Let Allergens Ruin Your Spring

Saturday 16th Mar 2024 |

8 Expert Ways to Help Deal with Allergens in the Home this Spring

Spring is one of the worst times for allergens in the home, as we still spend a lot of time indoors, exposed to dust and pet allergens, whilst it is also the season for tree pollen. Tree pollen is one of the two main types of pollen which affect hay fever sufferers in the UK, starting in February or March and peaking in April or May. Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg explains the body’s reaction to airborne allergens and gives his 8 top tips to reduce the effects on airborne allergy sufferers.

“Allergic rhinitis and hay fever are the result of our immune system’s overreaction to innocuous substances such as dust and pet allergens and pollen. The body reacts by producing histamines. Normal amounts of histamines in your brain are good – they are the things that keep us alert, attentive and awake. But when there are too many in the body, they produce the sneezing and other symptoms common to airborne allergy sufferers.”


“The most common hay fever and allergic rhinitis symptoms,” explains Max, “include sneezing, a runny nose, a stuffed up nose, itchy and watery or streaming eyes, nasal congestion and a general stuffed up feeling in the nose and throat. Some people also experience itching around the face and mouth including an itchy mouth, itchy roof of mouth, and a burning sensation in the throat. Headaches and wheezing can also occur.”

There are many ways to help reduce or prevent the symptoms – Max’s Top 8 Tips are:

Stop pollen from getting in your home. Keep doors and windows closed so that tree pollen does not get blown into your home. If the allergen isn’t in your home, then it’s a safe place to be.”

Dust and vacuum your home regularly. Damp dust and vacuum your home regularly, including fabrics such as curtains and upholstery, to prevent the build-up of dust, pet ‘dander’ and pollen. Damp dusting helps prevent particles being dispersed back into the air.”


Use an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm such as HayMax to stop the allergen getting in your body. Everyone can tolerate a certain amount of allergen in their body without reaction – known as their ‘trigger level’. Once this level is reached, an allergic reaction will start to occur. An allergen barrier balm applied around the rim of the nostrils and bones of the eyes will help reduce the amount of allergen getting in. HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms have been proven to trap dust and pet allergens and over 1/3 of pollen grains before they enter the body [1].”

Make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Hay fever can affect your sleep. Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles from your hair and body. Then apply an allergen barrier balm to block the pollen. Change and wash your bedding regularly to remove allergens.”

Keep your pet well groomed and out of your bedroom. If you are one of over half of UK households to own pets, make sure they are well groomed and shampooed regularly to help stop allergens spreading round the home. And keep them out of the room where you sleep.”

Try an antihistamine. Tablets and capsules can relieve most symptoms – sneezing, itchy, runny eyes, skin irritation, itchy nose and throat – but are less effective for nasal congestion. Antihistamine nasal sprays can quickly ease itching, sneezing and watering but are generally only proof against mild symptoms.”


Create your own Hay Fever First Aid Kit if your symptoms are particularly bad, or pollen counts are really high. I recommend one or more natural products, including an allergen barrier balm, one (and only one) antihistamine, one (and only one) steroid nasal spray and eye drops.”

Check out my website for more ideas on how you can help reduce the effects of tree pollen and other airborne allergens. There is currently no cure for allergic rhinitis or hay fever, but there are many things you can do or take to help. Good luck.”

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