Hayfever products reviewed

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Hayfever products reviewed

Looking for allergies products for you or your children? Read Boots customer reviews of our products to help you find what you're looking for.

Allergies like hayfever can make warm, sunny days a miserable time for sufferers.

You can read a Boots pharmacist's advice on coping with hayfever symptoms here.

Allergy products: reviews

We asked Boots customers to give their thoughts on some of the allergy products available this year. Here's what they thought:

Pauline Hobday, 32, and her son Mathew, 12, from Coventry

Pauline & Mathew both suffer from hayfever. Pauline has suffered from hayfever since she was a child and gets watery eyes and a runny nose. "There didn't used to be many products around when I was a kid. There's a lot more on the market now," she says.

Mathew suffers from sneezing and sore eyes. "Sometimes his eyes are red-raw," says Pauline. "He has school exams to do at the moment and his hayfever can make it very difficult for him to concentrate."

Pauline used these products separately:

Nelson's Pollenna

Nelson's Pollenna

She says: "Nelson's Pollenna is a homeopathic remedy for hayfever. I liked this. It seemed to help with the symptoms. I usually use more conventional medicines so it was good to try something homeopathic. For me, this was as good as the products I usually use."

Rating: 9/10

Care Allergy Defence

Care Allergy Defence

She says: "It didn't stay up your nose when you sprayed it but it was quite effective."

Rating: 7/10

Prevalin for Kids

Pauline says: "This seemed quite an effective product for Mathew. Unlike some nasal sprays, it did stay in his nostrils and seemed to help his symptoms."

Rating: 9/10

Prevalin for Kids

Alex Woodhead, 24, a web developer from Nottingham

Alex has suffered from hayfever since he was 13. It was particularly bad during my GCSEs but it's eased off in the past couple of years,"he says. His symptoms include a blocked-up nose.

Alex Woodhead

Alex used:

Sterimar Nasal Spray

He says: "It was good. It cleared out my nose and helped me breathe more easily. It doesn't offer additional benefits but then it doesn't claim to. It did its job and I imagine it would also be quite good if you have a stuffy nose with a cold."

Rating: 8/10

Sterimar Nasal Spray

Sarah Cheeseman, from East Sussex

Sarah has suffered with hayfever since she was little. Her daughter Hannah, six, also suffers from the allergy. "We both suffer with the stuffy noses and this year I have developed watery eyes that are quite itchy," says Sarah.

Sarah used these products separately:

Prevalin Allergy

Prevalin Allergy

She says: "I wasn't too keen on the thought of the spray but I found it to be quite effective. It seemed to help my stuffy nose. My eyes also seemed to be less watery and not as itchy. I would definitely buy this again.

The only down side is it's only one month's supply (whereas the children's is a two month supply). It was definitely my favourite of the hayfever products I tried."

Rating: 9/10

Nelson's Pollenna

Nelsons Pollenna

She says: "This is a homeopathic remedy which I was a bit sceptical about but I tried it with an open mind to see how I got on. I'm totally honest I couldn't tell the difference when I was taking it and when I wasn't taking it.

I also found the dosage rather strange as to start with you have to take two tablets every two hours for the first six doses which is a bit of a pain if you start it on a day when you are quite busy so it's best to start this when you have less to do and remember! The tablets didn't have much taste so were easy to take."

Rating: 4/10


HayMax Pure Organic Drug-Free Balm

She says: "I used it on both me and my daughter. I thought it was quite handy. It fits easily into your handbag so it's easy to take out with you. It didn't have much of a smell which was good as I'm not a fan of really strong smells. My daughter was fine with the smell too. It was easy to use and apply to the nose although my daughter said it felt like she needed to blow her nose a bit more. The downside to this is I did need to reapply quite often. However, it did seem to help."

Rating: 7/10

HayMax Pure Organic Drug-Free Balm

Prevalin for Kids

Prevalin for Kids

Sarah says: "My daughter wasn't a fan of having something squirted up her nose! However I noticed it made a real difference to her stuffy nose. She said it was easier to breathe as well so it does seem to work."

Rating: 8/10



Cecelia Nichol, 36, from London

Cecelia has suffered with hayfever for three years.

Cecelia used:

HayMax Pure Organic Drug-Free Balm

Cecelia says: "I had my reservations about using a balm under my nostrils. I was worried that in the wind my hair could get stuck to it. This was completely not the case, to my surprise. The balm has a very clever consistency and, when applied, is easily forgotten about. I still felt slightly congested. However I certainly had no further hayfever symptoms while using this product. It was very easy to apply and knowing when to re-apply is very obvious. Unlike other similar products, the packaging is fantastic. The small white tub is something you could quite happily pull in and out of your bag, just as you would a small lip balm pot.

A little goes a long way so this could perhaps be seen as an investment. My only criticism is that I found the scent very waxy. I would definitely purchase and use this product again. Due to the clever packaging, if I became a regular user I would be intrigued by purchasing varying scented versions."

Rating: 9/10



HayMax Pure Organic Drug-Free Balm


Kathryn Scott, 62, retired, from Northumberland

Kathryn Scott

Kathryn has suffered with hayfever since she was 14. "It makes me incredibly miserable," she says. "I get watery eyes and a runny nose; my nose and the roof of my mouth get itchy and I also get lethargic - although some of that may be due to taking medication."

Kathryn used:

Boots Pharmaceuticals Allergy Relief Device

She says: "This is a small, plastic device with two prongs. You push a small button, the prongs light up and you insert them up your nose. You wait a few minutes for the lights to go out. It's best to do this on your own because you look a bit like Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. I don't like nasal sprays so I much preferred this. I've no idea how it works, though. I was quite impressed with this product. I liked the fact it doesn't make you drowsy. I have noticed my symptoms haven't been as bad as they usually are."

Rating: 8/10

Boots Pharmaceuticals Allergy Relief Device

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