It’s hayfever and allergy season, and for some of us that means the onslaught of crappy symptoms that can drain our enjoyment of the warmer weather.
These hayfever and allergy easing products don’t promise to solve the pollen problem completely, but they might just ease your symptoms which is a great start
Dr Rekha Tailor of Health & Aesthetics says:
‘People usually associate hay fever with symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes, however this common allergy can also affect skin too. If you’re prone to hay fever you may be at a higher risk of skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and other skin irritations. It can cause a rash which is caused by the skin coming into contact with allergens such as the pollen in plants and flowers. Actual physical contact with allergens that cause hay fever, ie. pollens or grass seed for example – can cause an itchy rash or hives where they touched your skin. A secondary reaction to the environmental allergens can be a worsening of dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema.
How to treat it:
‘I would advise people to wear long sleeves when outside and to try to avoid direct skin contact with pollens that can aggravate the skin. There are some steps that you can take at home to try and relieve the irritation which include holding something cool on your skin like a damp towel, have a cool or warm shower or bath (make sure the water isn’t too hot and don’t stay in for too long), use an unperfumed emollient, wear loose-fitting cotton clothing, use laundry liquid for sensitive skin. If your symptoms still persist your GP may refer you to a specialist for further investigation.’
Hayfever Relief Products – Superdrug Allergy Eye Drops
£3.99 An easy-to-use eye drop to provide soothing relief for irritated, itchy eyes caused by Hayfever, dust, pollution, air conditioning and bright lights. The specially developed formula includes natural plant extracts of calendula and witch hazel, known for their soothing and cooling properties. Suitable for use with water-proof eye make-up. pH balanced to be kind to eyes Suitable for use with contact lenses
Hayfever Relief Products – Superdrug Allergy Nasal Spray
£5.99 Rapidly decongests the nose from Hayfever, allergies, colds, and sinusitis. Steroid & drug-free. For adults & infants. Nasal spray pumps are used to deliver medications locally in the nose, which can help with hayfever.
Hayfever Relief Products – One-A-Day Hayfever & Allergy Tablets
Loratadine – From £2.99 (x7 tablets)To relieve the symptoms of Hayfever and other allergies e.g. pet or house dust mite allergies. Can also be taken for skin allergies such as rash, itching and hives.
Hayfever Relief Products – HayMax Organic Allergen Barrier Balm
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 . This can help keep the sufferer below their trigger level for longer. And 80% of people say HayMax works .
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.
Hayfever Relief Products – Is there a solution to prevent Dry Eyes?
Peep Club, a first to market modern solution. An over the counter, beauty treatment created by optometrists, giving consumers a brand new way to treat dry eyes.
The Peep Club range, includes an infrared-powered, massaging Heated Eye Wand (£60), a blue-light shielding Soothing Coconut Eye Balm (£20), and ultra-gentle, Reusable Bamboo Cotton Pads (£15). The latest launch from the brand which launched in 2020, is the Instant Relief Eye Spray
which has been formulated with Wild Harvested Colourless Sea Buckthorn Oil and Sodium Hyaluronate, both of which have been clinically proven to relieve symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome.
There is also the All-You-Need Dry Eye Kit (£85)which teams together the trio of wans, balm and reusable pads to leave eyes feeling comfortable and refreshed and the Refresher kit for Tired Eyes which brings together the Soothing Coconut Balm, Heated Eye Wand and Instant Relief Spray to make instant eye relief available throughout the day.
Hayfever Relief Products – The Cheeky Panda’s eco-friendly tissues
The Cheeky Panda’s eco-friendly tissues are made from 100% virgin bamboo pulp, bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic making them soft on sensitive or skin irritated by allergies or hayfever. Bamboo has long, smooth fibres that trap fewer dust particles than regular tissues, reducing irritation to hayfever. The Cheeky Panda’s tissues are available in facial and pocket sizes, in fully recyclable cardboard packaging.
Hayfever Relief Products – Tonik’s Supplements
Tonik’s supplements harness the power of nature’s wonder ingredients, via soft gel capsules, boasting benefits that can help inflammation to make allergy attacks and symptoms more manageable. Tonik’s apple cider vinegar capsules boost the immune system and relieves allergy symptoms, help to break down mucus and supports lymphatic drainage. Turmeric is a natural antihistamine, containing key compound curcumin that is liked to reducing symptoms of inflammation-driven illnesses and can help minimise the swelling and irritation cause by hayfever. While the brands hemp seed oil capsules play a role in decreasing inflammation and regulate the immune system, lower histamines, and potentially reduce allergic symptoms.
Hayfever Relief Products – Cationorm
HAY fever and allergies can cause a range of eye symptoms from dryness, stinging, burning and grittiness, to watery eyes. A new, long-lasting eye drop treatment called Cationorm has just been launched to provide relief. It works like an “artificial tear”, and contains a positive cationic emulsion that clings to the eye surface, healing the cornea and soothing irritation. It costs £14.25, is preservative-free and is available over the counter at pharmacies.
Ideal for those who find their immune system struggling during pollen season. Combining two powerful plant-based ingredients with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support the immune system and protect cells from oxidative stress. Quercetin is a powerful flavonoid that has antioxidant benefits, while Bromelain is an enzyme found naturally in pineapples. Ideally taken in early spring and at times of challenge, this carefully blended supplement supports your system.
- Immune boosting formula
- Vitamin C contributes to normal functioning of the immune system and protects cells against oxidative stress
- Quercetin and bromelain work in partnership together
- £16.85 for 60 tablets