Hayfever is a seasonal annoyance but which can also lead to perennial rhinitis (permanent stuffy/runny nose & sinusitis), or asthma as well as secondary bacterial infections and a susceptibility to other allergens.
Caused by an allergic reaction to pollen, you may be allergic to grass pollen and this means your hayfever can last from around mid-May through to late July or if you react earlier then it’s likely to be tree pollen which starts in March and goes on through. If you’re allergic to pollen you may also be allergic to pets and dustmites too throughout the year with reactions coming to a peak with hayfever added in springtime.
If you’re suffering with sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, wheezing and a burning throat then pollen is triggering a defensive response in your body in the form of a release of histamine that sets off the typical symptoms.
Bio-Life tries to reduce the level of the cause rather than treating the symptoms with an environmentally friendly trigger spray, AirCleanse, that is designed to encapsulate and denature the pollen particles in your home. It contains Eucalyptus Essential oil and Peruvian balsam extracts proven to aid breathing and relieve nasal and bronchial congestion without the side effects of some of the medical alternatives. AirCleanse also denatures pet and dustmite allergens and pollen particles in the air, all of which have an additive effect on the immune system.A once-a-month treatment of mattresses and furnishings with Bio-life HomeCleanse reduces dustmite in the home and FabriCleanse gets rid of pollen and dustmite in clothing. They are all contributory factors in this condition. www.biolife-international.co.uk
The Meaco Airvax Air Purifier filter out particles as small as 0.1㎛ from the air. This means that pesky pollens get sucked up before they get the chance to play havoc with your allergies. Meaco Airvax is also great at removing moulds, smells, carbon monoxide, tobacco smoke, germs and bacteria thereby further contributing to a healthier home as many of these particles can contribute to the development of further health problems such as asthma and eczema. It’s an investment at around £140 but solves a range of issues. www.meaco.com
HayMax is a non-medical pollen barrier balm which can help bring relief from sneezing and other symptoms of the hayfever season. Simply apply around the rim of the nostrils as soon as symptoms start. It works by trapping the pollen before it enters your body, helping you stay symptom free longer.
HayMax has been proven to trap over one third of the pollen in the air before it literally gets up your nose and starts irritating you. It means that it can effectively reduce the pollen count from high to medium on all but the highest pollen count days. Its drug-free, non-drowsy formula makes it suitable for anyone, including children. It retails at £6.99 for a 5ml pot and is available from many outlets including pharmacies nationwide and online www.haymax.biz
The Cisca Saltpipe is another natural way to help relieve the symptoms of hayfever. Invented in Hungary, the Cisca Saltpipe harnesses the natural healing power of salt cave therapy in a handheld porcelain salt pipe that can make a real difference to hayfever sufferers, helping to make breathing easier and alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath. The dry salt inhaler contains Halite salt crystals, formed around 20 million years ago in Hungarian and Transylvanian salt caves. Air is drawn through the filters containing crystal salt and is purified. This gives the user the sensation of taking a deep breath of fresh sea air or visiting salt caves. When inhaling, the moisture of the air absorbs the microscopic particles of salt, which penetrate the entire respiratory tract. It works by drawing excess fluid from the sinuses and cell lining, cleansing the nasal passages and opening the airways to relieve the main cause of congestion and irritation. The pipes retail at £26.99 with an Easy Saltpipe retailing at £14.99 www.thesaltpipe.co.uk
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