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Eight Expert Ways to Help Bowlers with Hay Fever this Spring

Tree pollen is one of the two main types of pollen which affect hay fever sufferers in the UK. Tree pollen starts in February or March and peaks in April or May. Airborne allergens expert Max Wiseberg explains the bodyโ€™s reaction to the pollen and gives his eight top tips to reduce the effects of tree pollen for bowlers with hay fever.

โ€œThe most common hay fever symptoms,โ€ explains Max, โ€œinclude sneezing, a runny nose, a stuffed up nose, itchy and watery or streaming eyes, nasal congestion and a general stuffed up feeling in the nose and throat. Some people also experience itching around the face and mouth including an itchy mouth, itchy roof of mouth, and a burning sensation in the throat. Headaches and wheezing can also occur.โ€

โ€œHay fever is the result of our immune systemโ€™s overreaction to innocuous substances such as pollen. The body produces histamines. Normal amounts of histamines in your brain are good โ€“ they are the things that keep us alert, attentive and awake. But, when there are too many in the body, they produce the sneezing and other symptoms common to hay fever sufferers.โ€

There are many ways to help reduce or prevent the symptoms of hay fever โ€“ Maxโ€™s Top Eight Tips are:

1. โ€œStop pollen from getting in your eyes and hair. Whilst out bowling, wear a hat, cap or other head covering so that tree pollen does not get blown into your hair. And wraparound sunglasses will help stop pollen getting into your eyes as you bowl.โ€
2. โ€œApply an organic, drug-free allergen barrier balm, such as HayMax, around the rim of the nostrils and bones of the eyes before you go out bowling. This will stop some of the pollen getting in your body. Everyone can tolerate a certain amount of pollen without reaction โ€“ known as their โ€˜trigger levelโ€™. Once this level is reached, an allergic reaction will start to occur. HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms have been proven to trap over 1/3 of pollen grains before they enter the body.โ€
3. โ€œFollow a healthy diet for your hay fever. What you eat and drink can affect how much โ€“ or how little โ€“ you will suffer from hay fever. Stay hydrated and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy and support your immune system. Some foods such as capers, red onions, watercress and kale contain quercetin, a natural antihistamine. Avoid mucus-producing dairy drinks. Excess mucus is exactly what you donโ€™t need if you suffer from hay fever. Drink water instead.โ€
4. โ€œDonโ€™t bring pollen back home with you. Remove your shoes at the door to avoid bringing pollen into your home. Changing your clothes and showering when you get home will remove any pollen from your hair and clothes.โ€
5. โ€œWash your clothes and dry them indoors. If you wash your clothes each time after playing outdoors, they will be free from pollen and drying them indoors will prevent pollen particles being blown on to them by the outside wind.โ€
6. โ€œMake sure you get a good nightโ€™s sleep. Hay fever can affect your sleep. Shower at night before sleeping to remove pollen particles from your hair and body. Then apply an allergen barrier balm to block the pollen. Change and wash your bedding regularly to remove allergens.โ€
7. โ€œUnderstand which types of pollen you are allergic to, to help you to plan your allergy management better. If you know that you are allergic to beech or oak pollen for example, you can prepare ahead if you know you are going to be near those trees.โ€
8. โ€œCheck out my website www.haymax.biz/hay-fever/ for more ideas on how you can help reduce the effects of tree pollen. There is currently no cure for hay fever, but there are many things you can do or take to help. Good luck.โ€