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Dust, Pet & Mould Allergens – The Unwanted Autumn Visitors

The advance of autumn means we start spending more time indoors at home – more time in the company of dust, pet and mould allergens. For many people this results in the unpleasant and even debilitating symptoms caused by allergies to these airborne particles. However, there are many things we can do at home to help reduce our reactions. Airborne allergies expert and creator of HayMax, Max Wiseberg has some useful tips.

“Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy, whatever it might be,” says Max. “If the allergen isn’t in your body, your body won’t react. Simple! So here are a selection of my favourite practical tips for reducing dust, pet and mould allergens around the home.

• Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics to reduce the number of dust and pet allergen particles.

• Damp dust surfaces regularly, to reduce allergens on surfaces whilst avoiding dispersing them into the air.

• Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens. Anti-allergy bedding made from ‘intelligent fibres’ can be very helpful for people who suffer from dust mite allergies. They limit the growth of dust mite allergens and also keep them away from the skin. Check out the Allergy UK approved range.

• Keep cuddly toys and blankets in a cupboard to prevent the build-up of allergens on them.

• Apply an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm such as HayMax around the nostrils and the bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to trap dust, pet and mould allergens before they enter the body [1]; less allergen, less reaction.

• Avoid drying clothes indoors over a radiator, as this increases the humidity in your home and can result in mould, which releases tiny spores into the air that you breathe.

• Mould and dust mites thrive in moist environments. Try to keep the humidity in your house between 40% and 20% to control these allergens. Make sure your house is well ventilated and/or use a dehumidifier.

• Be careful when using harsh chemicals for cleaning. The fumes can exacerbate breathing problems (a common trigger for asthma) and cause skin irritation.

• Shower at night before going to bed, to remove dust and pet allergens from your hair and body.

• If you own a pet, ensure that it is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens and dust particles.

• Try using an air conditioner preferably with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the dust particles, cool and circulate the air.”

Amanda Newton comments, “I discovered HayMax trial size in my local chemist, so I thought I would try it. It works a treat … I also put it on when I am dusting and found it stops me sneezing too. I have recommended it to many other suffers as well; … a brilliant product and can't live without it.”

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


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.

About Max Wiseberg
Max Wiseberg is an expert in airborne allergies (including hay fever and dust and pet allergies) and is a hay fever sufferer himself. He regularly writes in the press, for publications including Daily Mirror, Daily Express, The Sun, The Sunday Mirror, Running Fitness, Health Food Business, The Practicing Midwife, Pharmacy magazines and Your Healthy Living and has appeared on BBC radio, many local radio stations, as well as The Chrissy B Show, Fitness TV and the Holiday & Cruise channel.


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