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Relief from season allergies, do pollen blockers work?

When seasonal allergies hit, most of us will do almost anything to stop the torment.
Starting in mid-August and lasting until the first freeze ragweed is the main cause of misery. But also all year round, dust mites and pet dander cans cause allergies. The result is runny nose, itchy eyes and throat.

The way most allergy medications work is to temporarily relieve symptoms. The way pollen blockers work is to stop pollen from reaching nasal membranes and lungs. This is accomplished by applying a cream, gel or petroleum jelly to the nasal openings to trap pollen. Some of the creams or gels form a positive charge that acts like a magnet to trap negatively charged pollen grains. Chloraseptic  Allergen Block Gel, Dr. Theiss Alergol Pollen Blocker Cream and Pronatura Pollen Blocker Cream are three products that block pollen.

I have paraphrased two studies, one that discusses pneumonia due to petroleum jelly being applied around nose area. The other says that pollen blockers can be useful. I have not tried these products personally, it would be best if you made your own conclusions based on these findings. To read more about pollen blocker trials and findings . . .


3 Responses

  1. I have started to have allergy symptoms starting in 2006 or 2007. I have gone through all sorts of testing to include isolating certain foods, spices and additives to determine if it is something I have been eating. The series of blood work found nothing notable. My success with food isolation has turned up nothing. At first it appeared to be seasonal, like from January through June, but in the last 2 years it raises its ugly head all year. My nose runs, burns or itches; my eyes itch and I sneeze a lot and feel generally bad for several days then it slowly goes away and I feel fine for a few days before the symptoms start up. I do not use textile bed linens (I have to sleep in a recliner (leather) for other reasons). I have used various allergy medications to include zyrtec, claritin, benadryll, singular and a few cortisteriods such as fluctasone, nasonex, and topical anti-histamines like pantanase and omnaris. Nothing seems to work. HELP!


    • Have you thought about an allergy to mold or dust mites? When allergies persist all year long, pollen usually is not the culprit. You have tried food isolation, so it’s probably not food related.

      Mold or dust mites may be the problem. Sleeping on a leather recliner would be better than a fabric one, but dust mites could still be hiding in the cracks and crevasses. What about your pillow? Do you have a mold problem in your home? Is your bathroom and kitchen well ventilated? Do you have a basement, or a crawl space, is it well ventilated and mold free. For dust mites, remove all rugs and drapes. Dust and vacuum all surfaces thoroughly and be sure to empty that vacuum bag right away.

      While you are doing all this cleaning, wear a dust mask, or you will really be in bad shape. Hope this helps.


  2. I tried the so called pollen blockers and found they did some good. I would suggest them for people who can’t take allergy meds. I don’t know about the problems with inhaling the gel or cream.


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