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Tree Pollen Wreaks Havoc for 1 in 4 Sufferers

Tree pollen can be released as early as February, and the main tree pollens are released from March to May. Although Hay fever is often associated with grass pollen in late spring and early summer, for around one in four UK sufferers, their symptoms start much earlier with the release of tree pollen. There is no cure for hay fever, but there are many ways sufferers can reduce or prevent their debilitating symptoms, with a large array of products available over the counter...

The main allergen producing trees in the UK are the birch, alder, horse chestnut and hazel. The peaks of their pollen production are from March to May, and most UK hay fever sufferers are allergic to the pollen of these trees. However for some, symptoms can start as early as February or even January if the weather is warm, dry and breezy.

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. It occurs as a result of the immune system’s overreaction which results in the production of histamines. Normal amounts of histamines in your brain are good – they keep you alert, attentive and awake. But when there are too many in the body, they can cause the various symptoms common to hay fever sufferers including sneezing, a runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, watery eyes, streaming eyes, swollen eyes, itchy nose and throat.

Hay fever can also make it difficult to get to sleep, and when you do finally get off, it can seriously disturb your sleep. These symptoms can in turn zap your energy levels leaving you feeling low and sluggish. Chronic hay fever sufferers may experience more severe or prolonged symptoms.

There are many products available for hay fever sufferers to reduce or prevent their symptoms, with an increasing number of natural products as well as the usual anti-histamines and steroid nasal sprays.

One natural product with some real evidence behind it is HayMax, an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm (sometimes referred to as a nasal balm), which is applied to the rim of the nostrils and the bones of the eyes. It has been proven by the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit to reduce the amount of pollen entering the body by more than a third [1].

Everyone can tolerate a certain amount of pollen without reaction – called their trigger level. By reducing the amount of pollen getting into the body, the sufferer remains below their trigger level for longer; and as long as the trigger level is not reached, hay fever symptoms will not be triggered.

Several antihistamine medicines, in the form of tablets, capsules and nasal sprays, are available. An antihistamine works by blocking the action of the histamine, which works well for some people and is one of the most popular methods of treating hay fever. But because they block the histamine they can also affect the histamines in your brain and therefore cause drowsiness as well as a dry mouth. Many people do not like the idea of putting drugs into their body on a regular basis although others are quite comfortable with this – as long as it works!

HayMax is made from natural ingredients and contains no drugs, so can be used by pregnant and breast-feeding women; pharmaceutical hay fever products have been shown to pass into breast milk. As HayMax does not contain anti-histamines, it doesn’t cause any drowsy side-effects. So, unlike anti-histamines, it can be used while driving and operating machinery and will not affect your performance at work or at school.

In a 2016 survey by leading allergy charity Allergy UK, 80% of respondents said that HayMax worked [2]. And HayMax balms have won over 40 awards from various consumer and trade organisations, bodies and magazines.

HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from: Holland & Barrett, selected Morrisons and Boots, independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores, online and direct on 01525 406600 or haymax.biz.


If writing about HayMax generically, please include the phrase ‘organic allergen barrier balm’.

[1] Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.
[2] When asked “Overall, did HayMax work?”, 134 out of 166 respondents said “Yes”, in an Allergy UK survey – ‘The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK’, Allergy UK, April 2016, supported and funded by HayMax.

What is Hay Fever? (A more detailed explanation)
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen in the air. The body contains antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). Mast cells have special receptors to which IgE can bind. When two of these mast cell bound antibodies are together the allergen is attracted to them and links them together. When enough of these are so linked, the mast cells will then release histamines.

The body needs histamines – in the brain they keep us alert, attentive and awake – but when there are too many in the body, it is these histamines which are mainly responsible for causing the unpleasant hay fever symptoms.

Put more simply, we can tolerate certain amounts of pollen, but there is a sensitivity level above which we will suffer an allergic reaction, triggering the release of histamines. Many remedies therefore rely on anti-histamines – such as loratidine or chlorphenamine – as a first resort. (And it is now clear why anti-histamines can result in drowsiness).


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Further information
For more information about HayMax allergen barrier balms, or product and lifestyle images, please contact:
Ian & Jenny Liddle, Excellart, 01450 219 246,
info@excellart.co.uk, www.facebook.com/Excellart, www.twitter.com/excellart

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