The arrival of autumn means the welcome end of the hay fever season, when we start spending more time indoors at home.

But more time inside can mean we are in the company of dust, pet and mould allergens, which, for many people, results in the unpleasant and even debilitating symptoms caused by allergies to these airborne particles. However, there are many things we can do at home to help reduce our reactions. Airborne allergies expert and creator of HayMax, Max Wiseberg, offered some useful tips.

“Avoiding the allergen is always key with any allergy, whatever it might be,” explained Max. “If the allergen isn’t in your body, your body won’t react. Simple! So here is a selection of my favourite practical tips for reducing dust, pet and mould allergens around the home.”

  • Vacuum the house regularly, especially beds and fabrics, to reduce the number of dust and pet allergen particles.
  • Damp dust surfaces regularly to reduce allergens on surfaces, whilst avoiding dispersing them into the air.
  • Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens. Anti-allergy bedding made from ‘intelligent fibres’ can be very helpful for people who suffer from dust mite allergies. They limit the growth of dust mite allergens and also keep them away from the skin. Check out the Allergy UK approved range.
  • Apply an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm, such as HayMax, around the nostrils and the bones of the eyes in the morning, throughout the day and at night to trap dust, pet and mould allergens before they enter the body; less allergen, less reaction.

Mould and dust mites thrive in moist environments. Try to keep the humidity in your house between 40 per cent and 20 per cent to control these allergens. Make sure your house is well ventilated and/or use a dehumidifier.