As nights grow longer and days become colder, we tend to get cosy and spend more time indoors.

And indoors there are lots of dust allergens and, if you have a pet, animal allergens as well.

Since we don’t open the windows as much as we would in the summer, this can make our homes like an allergy trap, causing symptoms similar to hay fever that can become difficult to manage. However, a simple allergen barrier balm could provide instant relief for those suffering with indoor allergies…

A dust mite allergy is a reaction to proteins in the excretion of the dust mites (yes, that’s right, you’re allergic to dust mite poo). All homes in the UK have dust mites, but due to their tiny size (a fraction of a millimetre) and translucent bodies they are almost invisible to the naked eye (don’t worry – unless you have a dust mite allergy, they are harmless). The proteins are so tiny that they fly about in the air and when they are breathed in by an allergic person, they cause a reaction – wheezing, sneezing, runny nose and soreness and redness of the skin and eyes.

The most common form of pet allergy is an allergy to the tiny particles of dead skin and saliva which are shed by an animal and subsequently become airborne. These microscopic particles are known as ‘dander’. Airborne particles can easily fly up the nose, triggering those horrid symptoms.

One way of reducing the severity or even stopping the symptoms is to prevent or reduce the amount of allergen entering the body. Everyone can tolerate a certain amount of airborne allergens in their body without reaction. But once this amount is exceeded – known as the trigger level – symptoms of allergic rhinitis will start to occur. Reduce the allergens in the body below this level, and the symptoms won’t be triggered!

HayMax is a multi award winning, drug-free, non-drowsy allergen barrier balm that traps both dust and pet allergens, as well as pollen, before they enter the body. It is suitable for the whole family, including children and pregnant and breastfeeding women. HayMax has been proven in an independent study to trap dust and pet allergens, as well as over one third of pollen, before they enter the body [1].

In an independent study by Allergy UK, the leading national charity providing support, advice and information for those living with allergic disease, 80% of respondents said that HayMax worked for hay fever [2]. Many people report that HayMax works immediately and in the same Allergy UK survey, 94% of participants found HayMax quick to be effective. 44% said that it worked immediately and a further 35% said that it worked within an hour or two.

You can also help reduce the amount of airborne allergens around the home by:

  • Damp dusting surfaces regularly.
  • Vacuuming regularly.
  • Considering using an air filter/purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the dust particles and cool and circulate the air.
  • Keeping cuddly toys and blankets in a cupboard to prevent the build-up of allergens on them.
  • Keeping animals clean and well groomed, to remove allergens from their fur.

HayMax is a winner in the ‘Health and Beauty’ category of the prestigious Soil Association Organic Awards and is certified organic by the Soil Association. It has been awarded Allergy Friendly Product by Allergy UK, awarded to products that are potentially of benefit to people living with allergy, asthma, or sensitivity and are unlikely to cause a reaction. The balms are approved by The Vegetarian Society as vegetarian and free from animal testing. In all, HayMax has won over 40 awards from various consumer and trade bodies and organisations.

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


[1] Chief Investigator: Professor Roy Kennedy, Principal Investigator: Louise Robertson, Researcher: Dr Mary Lewis, National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit, 1st February 2012.

[2] ‘The Impact of Hay Fever – a survey by Allergy UK’, Allergy UK, supported and funded by HayMax™, April 2016. When asked ‘Overall, would you say that HayMax worked?’ 80% of respondents said yes.