If you’re feeling below par because of hay fever, airborne allergies expert and creator of HayMax drug-free allergen barrier balms offers golfers some tips to help you through the summer season.

"As a hay fever sufferer since childhood, I have plenty of tips that will help reduce your hay fever symptoms, though I cannot guarantee that this will reduce your score! Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy, and hay fever is no different; less allergen, less reaction."

  1. Enjoy your round of golf when there is less pollen in the air. Peak pollen times are early in the morning and in the evening, so try to avoid playing at these times if possible.
  2. Have a shower and change your clothes before and after your round. This will remove pollen that has collected in your hair and clothing.
  3. Before you go out on to the course, apply an allergen barrier balm, such as HayMax, around your nostrils and the bones of your eyes. HayMax has been proven to trap over one third of pollen before it enters the body [1]. Less pollen means less sneezing, and there are no drowsy side effects, so it won’t affect your performance on the course either.
  4. During your round, wear wrap-around sunglasses to help stop pollen getting into your eyes and causing a reaction, as well as a hat or cap to help stop pollen getting trapped in your hair.

HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett, selected Morrisons, Waitrose and Boots stores, and independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores around the UK. You can also order online from www.haymax.biz.


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

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