I know this isn’t glamorous, I know this isn’t luxury and I certainly know this isn’t exciting. But, for a very severe hay fever sufferer such as myself, the Boots Allergy Barrier Spray is a god-send.
My hay fever gets pretty horrendous and I take a mix of prescribed Telfast (fexofenadine) as well as Loratadine (a daily anti-histamine) and Pseudoephedrine (a decongestant) plus other nasal sprays of various types. This often leaves me feeling either like crap or totally spaced out but often, it doesn’t deal with the problem.
Boots Allergy Barrier Spray is one of the only products I’ve found to be a real reliever and preventive measure against hay fever. Seriously!
It’s a powder-spray naturally formulated with a base of plant cellulose as well as peppermint. What this does is stimulate mucous production, coating the mucosal membranes, that are the areas most affected by pollen. The peppermint then helps to open the airways and allow you to breathe more easily.
On first spray it really, really hits you. My immediate response, with glaring eyes, was “I CAN SMELL EVERYTHING!” Almost wanting to run up to people and sniff them in a bizarre and intimidating manner. This wears off pretty quickly as things normalise, but you do find you can breathe better than before.
You only need 1 spray up each nostril, although I’ve found sometimes 2 is necessary.
To keep up the effects, it’s recommended you use it 3 times a day but can be used as often as needed. I’ve found myself using it maybe 4/5 times but as mentioned, I’m pretty chronic. It’s also worth noting that Boots say the product shouldn’t be used on anyone under the age of 16, so do make sure you check out their full list of recommendations as I don’t want getting into trouble!
Finally, Boots Allergy Barrier Nasal Spray comes in 800g giving you around 200 sprays/doses.