Allergy season is nearly upon us, and in some parts of the country it's already here. Many people suffer from hay fever and similar allergies, but a surprising number of them seem to be unaware of an over-the-counter allergy medicine that really works. It's called Nasalcrom (cromolyn sodium).
Nasalcrom comes in a spray bottle. You squirt it into your nostrils. It inhibits the mast cells (mastocytes) in the sinuses from reacting to pollen and other irritants. If the mast cells don't react, allergy symptoms won't develop.
Most other allergy treatments address the symptoms of allergies - runny nose, sneezing, etc. Nasalcrom addresses the source of the problem.
It's not habit-forming and has no side effects. Generic versions are also available. If your local drugstores don't carry it, Nasalcrom can be ordered online.
Why don't more people use Nasalcrom? Part of the reason may be that it takes a while to become effective. You have to use it for a week or two and let it build up over time. Some people seem to lack the patience; they try it for a couple of days, get no relief, and give up.
Also, Nasalcrom is most effective when you start taking it a week or two before allergy season begins. But many people seem to wait until their allergies are already acting up. The product will still work, even if started late, but it may take longer to have an effect.
Maybe there are some allergy sufferers who won't respond to Nasalcrom, but many (like me) will benefit greatly from it. If you have seasonal allergies and haven't used Nasalcrom, give it a try. Your nose may thank you.