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Allergy Symptoms? | NasalCrom to the Rescue!

What do you take for your allergy symptoms? Antihistamines? Steroid nasal sprays? Decongestants? Have you ever heard of NasalCrom (cromolyn sodium)? It might be a good choice.

Ask most people what works best to calm allergy symptoms and you are likely to hear about antihistamines or corticosteroid nasal sprays. That’s hardly surprising. If you’ve watched any TV at all the chances are good that you have seen commercials for pills like Allegra, Claritin, Xyzal and Zyrtec. Sprays like Flonase, Nasacort and Rhinocort are portrayed as wonderful solutions to allergy symptoms. What you probably have not seen are fancy, new commercials featuring NasalCrom against allergies.

NasalCrom Prevents Allergy Symptoms

This reader shares his enthusiasm for NasalCrom:

Q. NasalCrom actually works BETTER for me than the allergy pills that cause side effects. I’ve been telling everyone about it for several years. It gets a lot of word-of-mouth recommendations. Maybe that is why we don’t see a huge advertising budget for it.

This nasal spray takes several days to kick in but then it is wonderful. Rather than addressing symptoms you already have, it prevents you from having the symptoms in the first place. I am now back to being a person who just doesn’t have allergies!

How Does Cromolyn Prevent Allergy Symptoms?

A. Cromolyn (NasalCrom) stabilizes mast cells in the nose. These cells release histamine and other compounds when exposed to pollen and other allergens.

You can learn more about the mechanism whereby NasalCrom calms allergy symptoms at this link:

Other Readers Share Stories About NasalCrom for Allergy Symptoms:

Randall in Indiana offers this perspective:

“I love NasalCrom. It works far better for me that any of the alternatives. Sadly, I never see it in stores, so I just buy it from Amazon. The manufacturer doesn’t seem to advertise this product, but I’m glad it’s still made. Hope they keep making it.”

Last Fall Bob in Chicago had to search for NasalCrom to calm his allergy symptoms:

“My allergies had always been horrible until I started using NasalCrom in the early 1980s. Since then, I have had little-to-no problems and NO side effects. The only problem is that recently Walgreens has stopped carrying it and I’ve had to order it online.”

R.W.W. in Wisconsin has a similar story:

“I have been using NasalCrom since the mid 1980s. Before that I had severe allergies that shots could not help. I had allergies year-round with many sensitivities.

“After starting NasalCrom…no more shots or antihistamines. I have been virtually free of allergy symptoms unless I stop using Nasalcrom. Even then I am much better.”

O.G. in South Carolina says this:

“Wherever you find it — big box stores and many drugstores used to carry it, although you had to look hard to find it — NasalCrom is underappreciated and extremely effective without the side effects of other allergy products.

“My five-star recommendation: used correctly and consistently, NasalCrom is the best allergy product on the market. I love it. (And no, neither I, nor any of my relatives or friends, work for the company!)”

People’s Pharmacy Perspective:

We have no financial or other ties to the maker of NasalCrom. We do our best to stay objective and independent. NasalCrom does have side effects, like all medications. Some people report sneezing, a bad taste, nose bleeds and a burning sensation. Anyone who experiences such adverse reactions should discontinue the drug.

Corticosteroid nasal sprays also have side effects. We worry about absorption of such steroids and possible systemic side effects. You can read more about these drugs at this link:

Share your own story about treating allergy symptoms in the comment section below.

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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