It’s The Trees That Cause The Sneeze!

Have your eyes been itching these past few days? Feel a sneeze coming on but not sure why? Well is seems the onset of hayfever may occur much earlier than we all think. We all think of grass and flowers as setting off our hay fever in the summer, but surprisingly 1 in 4 of sufferers are triggered by pollen from the trees as early as February or March! 

The tree pollen season generally starts in mid February and, because each type of tree pollinates at different times, lasts until May and early June – overlapping the start of the grass pollen season. The tree pollen season starts with the Hazel in mid February followed by the Yew and Alder, and ends with the pine in May and early June. In between you have the silver birch, which triggers hay fever in approximately 25% of sufferers, and the oak, which affects around 20% of hay fever sufferers. That’s a lot of sneezing if you suffer the dreaded condition!

But what can be done to help hayfever? Well there’s a multitude of antihistamines on the market. from GP prescribed to over-the-counter. Many are now non-drowsy and can be taken in nasal spray or tablet form. Or there are homeopathic options such as

But a product such as HayMax could actually solve many of your allergy problems before they begin, by creating a barrier to prevent pollen from working its way into your system. HayMax is an organic allergen barrier balm that is applied to the base of the nose and around the bones of the eyes, pollen sticks to it before it enters the body. As long as the balm traps enough of the pollen to leave you with less allergen in your body than it takes for you to react, then your symptoms won’t be triggered. If it takes out enough allergen that you are just around the point where you react, then you may find that that although you don’t stop sneezing, you sneeze less and the effects are far less debilitating. 

I tried HayMax Kids on my two mini mes and found it seemed to help stop the watery eye and sneezing symptoms we had begun to associate with the start of Spring. The product is easily recognisable on the shelf – with superhero packaging. Its drug-free formula makes it suitable for babies and toddlers as well as  older children. Kids can rub a small amount around the rim of both nostrils and the bones of the eyes (but not too close or in the eye) in the morning and as required throughout the day. This helps trap pollen, dust and pet allergens before they get in the body. There are no drowsy side-effects, so HayMax Kids won’t affect children’s performance at school or in exams.

  • 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
Emily Cleary

Emily Cleary

After almost a decade chasing ambulances, and celebrities, for Fleet Street’s finest, Emily has taken it down a gear and settled for a (slightly!) slower pace of life in the suburbs. With a love of cheese and fine wine, Emily is more likely to be found chasing her toddlers round Kew Gardens than sipping champagne at a showbiz launch nowadays, or grabbing an hour out of her hectic freelancer’s life to chill out in a spa while hubby holds the babies. If only!


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