Many years ago I didn’t really believe in hay fever, that is to say I thought people were making a bit of a fuss about nothing. What’s not to enjoy about the start of summer, the smell of freshly cut grass, crops growing in the fields?
That was before I had my son James and by the age of 5 it was clear he suffered from hay fever in a BIG way. The first thing we noticed was his eyes. From about late March they would get so red and swollen he looked awful (sorry son but you did) . I remember once picking him up from school and the teacher apologising for taking the class outside because James looked liked he’d done ten rounds with Mike Tyson after an afternoon in the sunshine. His hay fever also led to the typical runny nose and more worryingly a cough that refused to go away and ended up with him being prescribed along with antihistamines and eye drops two types of inhalers.
As the years have gone on we have managed to get a bit more on top of the symptoms. We have a constant supply of antihistamine which we start early in the season, but still there are times when the only thing we can do is stay inside.
So when we were given the opportunity to try out NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK designed to prevent the symptoms of allergies such as hay fever we couldn’t wait to give it a go. NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK is a preventative measure aimed at mild hay fever sufferer’s symptoms but can be used along with medication for those with more severe allergies.
NasalGuard AllergieBLOCK isn’t a allergy treatment but more a preventative so it’s suggested that you start using it before the worst of the hay fever season. It can also be used for pet or dust allergy because what it does is stop the particles that cause the allergy symptoms from entering the body in the first place – sounds good.
It comes in the form of a gel which is applied around the nostrils and upper lip and because it contains no drugs it’s safe for children and pregnant women to use and you can use it along with other allergy medication.
One little tube contains 150 applications and it is recommended that you apply it after washing, before bed and after meals incase it has wiped off. It should be used 4-6 times a day.
So enough of the technical stuff, the real test was how it worked for us. Well first of all it was lovely and easy to apply. I worried that James might complain of it feeling sticky or tasting funny, (I wasn’t the most accurate on my first application) but it didn’t seem to bother him at all. As he is nearly 9 he objected to his mother applying it after the first time, so here he is showing you how it’s done.
Well this week has been the first sunny week in Scotland and according to pollen reports the first of the hay fever season. I’m glad to report so far we have only had to resort to antihistamines on one occasion when pollen was particularly high and we had been out for a lot of the day, this is a marked change to usual years.
Although this is aimed around the sneezing and runny nose side of allergies we do also appear to have seen far less redness around the eyes than usual presumably because the pollen is not getting into James’s system as much.
What I would say is, this may be better for adult sufferers because as I’m sure most mums and dads will relate to, trying to remind a child who is at school for most of the day to reapply the gel wasn’t easy. This may also be why we had to resort to the antihistamine (although it is suggested those with more sever symptoms of hay fever use this in conjunction with these products anyway). However if this does lessen the symptoms which it appears to have done, we will definitely be keeping some in stock. Anything which gets my son away from the computer and outside enjoying the sun can only be a good thing.
For any other hay fever sufferer’s out there, here’s my top tips.
- Wash hair at night, pollen sticks in the hair during the day and will get in the system if you go to bed with it there.
- Keep windows shut (might seem obvious but I was always one for having windows open in summer time).
- Invest in good sunglasses, if your eyes suffer badly with hay fever wearing good uv protective glasses makes a big difference.