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I have never suffered from hay fever in my life until this year when all of a sudden and out of the blue it started one morning. To begin with I wasn't even sure what it was as I was just wakening up with a running nose and streaming eyes with constant sneezing but as I didn't suffer from hay fever it never occurred to me that that's what it was. Apparently it is extremely common for hay fever to start out of the blue in adult hood. Once I figured out what it was I was on a mission to do something about it. I didn't really want to start with steroids as it didn't feel that bad and I thought I would leave them as a last resort. I read about Haymax pollen balm and thought that I would give it a try and see if it would help me any. I liked the idea of it as it was more natural and contained no drugs in it. I wasn't sure if it would work but I was willing to give it a go and see. Haymax is a thick balm containing aloe vera, beeswax and sunflower oil that you apply to the base of your nostrils to trap pollen before it can enter your nose. I am running a lot at the minute and my route takes me through fields and there are loads of wild flowers so I thought that it would help stop me from inhaling too much pollen when out running. I am really not very sure how effective this is. Since using it the hay fever seems to have got a lot better but that could just be my body getting used to it and starting to fight it off a little. I defiantely haven't noticed any increase in the amount of sneezing after being out running even on sunny days so it must be helping slightly. I like the idea of this balm and will continue to use it for a while yet to see if the hay fever that I have developed stays mild. It seems to be trapping the pollen before it gets the chance to go in my nose but the only thing bothering me is that there is nothing in this that is specifically for hay fever and I could probably get the same effect with vaselene or some other cheap balm instead of paying 5.99 for it. On the plus side the balm will last me for ages as you only need a little bit so even though the pot is small I should get plenty of use out of it.
What is it and how does it Work?
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Hay Max is an organic, drug-free pollen barrier balm that is applied to the bottom of the nose traps/nostrils. The balm acts as a blocker and traps the pollen before it enters the body. If there is less pollen in the body, there's less for the body to react against meaning less sneezing and for many people no sneezing. Hay Max does not sure hay fever but it works on the cause trying to reduce, or in some cases even eliminate the effects of pollen. Hay Max is a multi award winning product that comes in three different variations including Aloe Vera, Lavender and Pure. I am unfortunately a sufferer of hay fever and I don't like taking tablets all the time. Hay fever doesn't really affect my eyes very much but does affect my nose and I tend to sneeze a lot during the day. As this product claims to help reduce or stop you from sneezing by trapping the pollen before it enters the body I thought I may as well give it a go to see if it was as good as it sounded. As this product is a balm and is drug-free there are no drowsy side effects and it also means that it's suitable for pregnant woman and children. This product has been recommended in The Times, Daily Mail and by Dr Chris Steele MBE on ITV1.
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The product I am reviewing is the Aloe Vera balm which is slightly more gentle on the nose that the others. My nose was already feeling a little bit sore from having to blow it all the time due to my hay fever. The balm comes in a little round pot which made from plastic and is white in colour. On the top in black writing it has Hay Max. On the front of the pot it states that the product is the Aloe Vera version and it also tells you what the balm is for and how to apply it. There is also a list of ingredients too. The little pot comes in a small cardboard box which is bright orange in colour. On the box it again gives you some information about the product such as how to use it, a list of ingredients and it also tells you what awards the product has won. From what I can see the product has won 5 awards which include Natural Lifestyle Award and Natural Trade Show Award. I took the pot out from the box and disposed of the packaging as I wouldn't need this again as the information I needed such as how to apply the product was on the round pot anyway.
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I purchased this product from my local boots store for £4.99 which is for a 5ml tub of the product. This product is currently on offer with other hay fever products where you buy one and get another half price. Although they also had the Lavender and Pure Hay Max balms I wanted this one as I thought it would be kinder to my nose.
Using the Product
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I unscrewed the lid to reveal the balm which was in the pot. It was hard to tell what colour the balm was but it looked clear. There was no smell to the balm at all. The top of the balm was smooth and I gently rubbed my finger in a circular motion over the top of the balm to ensure that I got some on my finger. I then applied this to the bottom of my nose, just underneath the nostril area. The balm felt a little greasy but was easy to apply. I didn't apply too much as I think only a little of the product is needed. I would like to add at this point that I applied the balm in the morning before leaving the house. If you blow or wipe your nose the balm needs to be re-applied. Due to this I popped the pot of balm into my handbag to take to work with me. I had to wait a good 10mins for the bus before it finally arrived. The bus stop is located next to a large field with lots of trees so if anything was going to make me sneeze it would be standing here whilst waiting for the bus. After being on the bus for about 5mins my nose started to water a little and I needed to blow it. I didn't feel as though I was going to sneeze, I just needed to blow it, which I did and I then re-applied the balm again. I find that the balm does leave the area you have applied it to a little greasy; how-ever this isn't really that obvious as you only need to apply it just under the nostrils anyway. I applied the balm during the day after blowing or wiping my nose. After the first day at work I was impressed as I hadn't sneezed at all during the day and I normally have a sneezing fit at some point during the day where I will sneeze constantly at least 10-15 times before I stop. Maybe I was just having a bit of luck this day after finding 1p on the floor and picking it up. I continued to use the balm the next few days and had the same results. My nose was a little runny at times but I hadn't sneezed at all during the day and evening so long as I had applied the balm. I did still get slightly itchy eyes some of the days, which I have eye drops for; how-ever this wasn't as bad as it normally was before I started using the balm.
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Although the balm has won many different awards I wasn't too sure whether this would actually work or not. As I'm not a huge fan of taking tablets I thought I would give the product a try as I didn't think it was badly priced at £4.99. The balm has no scent to it at all but I did find it a little greasy. You don't need to apply much to your nostrils, and only need to use a little of the balm each time. It is important that you re-apply the balm after blowing or wiping your nose for much better effects. I was actually impressed with the product and was also a little surprised that it did actually work. The balm is perfect for hay fever sufferers whom just seem to sneeze during the hay fever season which is what I mainly suffer with. The balm is great for children as it means they don't have to take any medicine, and as the balm smells they won't even know it's there once it has been applied. Although the balm helps to reduce or even stops you from sneezing it probably won't help with sore, itchy eyes. For me the balm worked well and didn't just reduce the sneezing but on most days took it away completely. I would definitely recommend this product.
(review also on ciao)
Knowing that I suffer badly with hayfever, my Mum gave me a little pot of this a few weeks ago when the weather was a lot nicer. The tiny white pot has comic sans font on it which makes it look like something a child has put together, but nevertheless I decided to try it and I have been really pleased with it - I keep it in my bag now and use it whenever I feel a bit sniffly!
The pots lid screws off and inside there's a thick, white, waxy concoction which smells a little weird but it isn't too strong. I can't really describe the smell, it just has an 'old' waxy sort of scent which reminds me a bit of how paper smells, it's not an easy smell to describe! The smell doesn't linger for very long and seeing as it needs to be applied around the base of the nostrils I'm glad that the smell isn't very strong and doesn't last long.
I only need a really tiny amount for each of my nostrils and it rubs into my skin so it doesn't just sit near my nostrils feeling heavy or greasy - after I've used it I pretty much forget that it is near my nostrils and it is not visible so no one can tell that i have waxy stuff under my nostrils! This product acts as a 'pollen barrier' and although I wasn't too sure if it would work, it genuinely does!
I used it several times when we went to the park when it was lovely and warm and I know if I hadn't used it my eyes would have swollen up like golf balls, my throat would have hurt and I'd have been really uncomfortable and itchy but I didn't have any symptoms of hay fever apart from a sneeze now and again!
The ingredients are all organic which I like and although it contains sunflower oil it's not greasy and it doesn't leave my skin looking shiny or anything. My little tub (and i really do mean little!) contains 5ml of product, which doesn't sound a lot but I know that it will last me for ages - at least a couple of years because I only need a small amount.
I'm not sure how much my mum paid for this or even where she bought it from but from looking online I can see that it retails at around £5 and it can be purchased from Amazon. Overall I love this product, it really does work and I definitely recommend it. Five out of five stars!
I only have mild hay fever but it is enough that it causes me problems in summer. Some anti histamines are usually enough to keep it under control but if I know for a fact I am going to be going somewhere that will cause my hay fever to worsen then I like to be extra prepared.
I discovered Hay Max organic pollen balm a few years ago and now I use it whenever I am going to be in a situation where I am faced with loads of pollen. For example I used it quite a lot last year when I was on holiday with the kids in the Lake District as we spent a lot of time in the great outdoors.
The pollen balm looks at first glance like a pot of lip balm and if not for the screw off lid I might have accidentally used this as that as it is the same size as a lot of lip balms that I already own.
You use it by putting some of the balm on your finger and putting it inside your nostril. This is then supposed to trap the pollen and stop you from absorbing it and triggering your symptoms.
I really like this. It is quite pleasant to use as it doesn't smell horrible when you put it on your nose and also I like the fact that it is all natural and organic. Of course the fact that it also works is the best thing about it. When I use this I can honestly say that my symptoms are reduced greatly which I can only assume means that this is stopping the majority of the pollen from going in my nose.
I only really use this is I am going to be faced with loads of pollen and so far it has always done the trick. The one time last summer that I forgot to take this with me when I got back my eyes were red and itchy and my nose was running and I ended up having to take more Piriton than I otherwise normally would.
This doesn't stop hay fever entirely but it really does go a long way in helping to stop the pollen from triggering it when you are faced with being somewhere you know is going to have a high pollen count. I also don't think it is too expensive considering the high quality ingredients and also the fact that although it is only a tiny pot it lasts for absolutely ages. This costs me £5.25 in my local chemist and I would highly recommend it to other hay fever sufferers.
I have suffered terribly with hayfever for the last 15 years for a lot of the hayfever season. The only time I have ever found myself not to be suffering as badly is when I was pregnant, but it is a bit drastic to be pregnant every summer, so I look into remedies I can purchase over the counter to help me suffer less.
I have worked out over the years that the best thing for me is to try and prevent the symptoms even starting, as once your body is fighting against the pollen, it is harder to stop the immune reaction than to prevent it starting.
One of the things I have regularly done is applied vaseline to the inside of my nostrils to try and trap some of the pollen. I have been happy doing this, so I can't really explain why I picked up a pot of HayMax this year. I did almost put it back, thinking to myself it was probably a more expensive way of doing something I already do, but I was swayed in the end by it being on sale at £3 for a 5ml pot. I picked this up in my local supermarket. The shelf edge told me the normal price is £4, and when I looked on amazon, I can see it on sale there between £6 and £10.
So what did my £3 buy me?
At first it looked not a lot. This is an organic drug free pollen barrier. It is contained in a small white pot with a screw top lid, which came in a little cardboard box. The pot is so small there is not a lot of room for information, but there is a description of how to use this, and a web address and phone number for the company. The cardboard outer box tells me slightly more, such as this is made from a mix of sunflower oil and beeswax, and though it doesn't contain nuts, it is not guaranteed to be nut free.
There are then various endorsements on the box, such as it being recommended by Dr Chris Steele who is the Dr on This Morning, The Times, The Daily Mail, and it also carries the logos of the organic soil association and the vegetarian society. There are also 5 logos showing places where this has been voted the best organic product.
I don't normally care what other people think too much in terms of health products, preferring to try things myself and see if I get on with them.
With this, there is not a lot to try. Opening the pot, I found a pot of what I have to say just looked like grease. It reminded me of the cork grease I used to use on my clarinet as a kid. The smell was not offensive and pretty non-existent, which is a good thing in this case as my sensitive nose can't stand strong smells when I am in the middle of an allergic reaction. This balm is very thick, and it is possible to get a small amount of this onto your clean finger by rubbing your finger gently across the surface of it. I found it was just as easy to then transfer this to my nostril by rubbing my finger round my nostril.
When using vaseline, I probably tend to put on too much. I find my nose looks quite shiny, and I often have to wipe some of the vaseline off before leaving the house. With this, such a small amount of product was on my skin that I couldn't see any shine.
It worried me I was not using enough for it to be effective, but I found that not only did my skin feel less sore and irritated, if I got in quick with this and kept it topped up then it was really effective at reducing my symptoms. I only really suffered this year if someone was cutting the grass nearby. Of course, it has also been a pretty miserable summer, so this has also meant lower pollen count this year, so perhaps not the fairest test.
When I think about it, it is not overly expensive as I barely scraped the surface of my 5ml pot this summer, so I should have plenty to last a few years. It also was more convenient to use and also transport in a pocket or my handbag. It was also a lot less faff to use as I didn't need to be in front of a mirror or give my hands more than a wipe with a tissue if I was out and about.
I might have initially thought to myself just keep using vaseline, but I am so glad I went with this impulse purchase as my summer was a lot more enjoyable as a result of it. I sat out in the garden with the kids more, and could enjoy our day trips out, and my husband even noticed that I was suffering less than usual. I can't think of any negative to using this product, so it will have to be 5 stars from me.